A Sarasota, Florida resident was bitten by a seven-foot alligator on Tuesday night after the man said it was dark outside and he mistook the gator for a dog on a long leash. The painful encounter occurred outside of the Warm Mineral Spring Motel located on Tamiami Trail.
According to NbcNews, the 49-year-old man had been walking outside when he saw the dark figure moving along the bushes. Thinking it was a dog, the man didn’t move out of its way – that is until the gator bit the man’s leg ripping out a piece of muscle. A nearby deputy called for emergency help for the man who was transported to a local hospital.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department later issued a statement that the gator had been caught and was being held for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper. It is believed the gator came from a drain near the motel.
The victim is expected to make a full recovery.
The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages everyone to practice basic safety measures to avoid alligator confrontations.
Although many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists. Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, but if you are concerned about an alligator, call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286. The FWC will dispatch one of its contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation.FFWCC
Remember, never feed an alligator and keep your distance if you see one. Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. And keep pets on a leash and away from the water.
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