Florida: Gator attacks, hurts woman after she falls in canal

The woman was reported to be in stable condition with injuries to her arms.

An alligator swims in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. AP File Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — An alligator attacked and injured a homeless woman after she fell into a Florida canal on Monday, authorities said.

The woman was resting on a sea wall when she fell into the canal, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue said in a news release. Someone heard the woman’s cries for help and called 911.

The woman, who is in her 50s, was taken to a hospital with severe injuries to her arms, the news release said. She was reported in stable condition.

Authorities from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a trapper captured an alligator measuring nearly 11 feet (3.3 meters) long. The wildlife agency uses professional gator trappers for its Nuisance Alligator Program.


An alligator interacting with humans is deemed a nuisance if it is at least 4 feet (1.2 meters).

The Tampa Bay Times reported the fire department said the gator had been euthanized, but wildlife officials didn’t confirm that Monday.



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