Woman bitten by alligator while walking her dog near Florida pond, FWC says

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Jun 09, 2021

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — A woman was bitten by an alligator while walking her dog by a retention pond in Florida.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received a report of a 43-year-old woman bitten by an alligator while walking her dog on a leash along a small pond Palm Harbor.

Gene Vance said he witnessed the attack. He was out walking a dog around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

"Looked like the gator tried to get the dog, but she grabbed the dog really quick, but in turn, she slipped down and the gator got her leg just underneath her knees," said Vance. "It looked like just one chomp and it kind of saw her tripping over the grass a little bit, looked like one chomp and he went back into the water from what I saw."

Vance called 911. He said the woman was alert.

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A photo of the small lake the woman was near when she was bitten by an alligator in Palm Harbor

Paramedics rushed her to an area hospital where she's being treated for her injuries to her lower leg.

FWC and officers contacted an alligator trapper to the scene. The contracted nuisance alligator trapper was able to remove the 7-foot animal.

FWC officials said they always remove the alligator involved in bite incidents. Relocating a nuisance gator is not a feasible option for people or alligators, according to state wildlife officials. Relocated alligators nearly always try to return to the site where they were captured.

In most cases, the alligator is processed for its hide and meat.

The incident is under investigation by the FWC.

This story was originally published by Julie Salomone and Lisette Lopez at WFTS.