According to officials, in a senior living complex on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, an 85-year-old woman was killed by an alligator while walking her dog.
According to St. Lucie Sheriff Ken Mascara, the woman was walking her dog by a canal in Spanish Lakes Fairway, close to Fort Pierce, on Monday afternoon when the almost 11-foot (3.3-meter) alligator attacked the dog.
Later, the gator was located by a trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and deputies assisted in loading it onto a vehicle. It was removed from the location.
Mascara stated, “FWC is in charge of the inquiry, but we supported with a helicopter and men.”
The woman’s identity has not been made public. According to officials, the dog survived the attack, though it was not immediately clear how it was doing.
Alligator assaults that result in death are uncommon but do occur.
Lane Graves, a 2-year-old from Nebraska, was murdered by an alligator in 2016 while on his family vacation at Walt Disney World. Many alligators have since been removed from the area.
Around 70 miles (112 kilometers) to the north of West Palm Beach sits Fort Pierce.
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) February 20, 2023