Man bitten by alligator at Florida motel after mistaking it for dog
A Florida motel guest had a close encounter with a huge 7ft alligator he mistook for a dog, police said.
The 49-year-old man, who has not been identified, was attacked by the alligator around midnight Tuesday while walking in the garden of the Warm Mineral Springs Motel in Sarasota County.
During his walk, the man said he noticed a dark figure moving through the bushes, but he was not alarmed as he assumed it was a dog on a leash, “c That’s why he didn’t hesitate to get out of the way”. “, according to WTVT News.
That’s when the reptile bit him, “holding and pulling on his muscles/tissues,” the sheriff’s office said. When the man tried to escape, he said he felt the alligator rip a piece off his leg.
A Sarasota County deputy who was nearby on a separate call heard his screams and approached the man, calling the emergency medical services unit.
The man was rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been released.
The reptile was removed from the scene and captured by an alligator trapper. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said he was moved to a nearby farm, an alligator processor.
The state of Florida has 1.3 million alligators, according to FWC. There have been 442 unprovoked bites, resulting in 26 deaths since 1848 when the FWC started keeping records.
The reptiles have been spotted on golf courses, backyards of homes, streets and near bodies of water.
Alligators are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act, but can be harvested through Florida’s harvest program and hunted with a permit during the open season which begins July 15. August to November 1.