Vicious Attacks Turn Gated Waterfront Into ‘Gator Waterfront’

Woman suffers ‘life-changing injuries’ in alligator attack while walking dog

“I hate to hear this has happened again,” said a Hilton Head Island resident

By Char Adams, August 14, 2019

PEOPLE – A 68-year-old woman is recovering after being bitten by an 8-to-9-foot alligator while walking her dog near her Hilton Head Island home — and the attack comes almost exactly one year after the death of Cassandra Cline, who died trying to save her dog from an alligator on the same island.

The latest attack occurred Monday night in the Sun City retirement community, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources spokesman David Lucas told news outlets, according to the Associated Press.

The woman was walking her dog near her home around 10 p.m. when the gator emerged and bit her on the wrist and leg.

The dog fled and was unharmed, the AP reported. The unnamed woman was treated at the scene and taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

Authorities said the woman was walking her dog between her yard and her neighbor’s yard at the time.

Authorities found and captured an alligator but officials with DNR said they have no way to know if the captured gator is the exact one that attacked … Read more. 

Florida Strictly Limits Hunting Season Despite ‘Abundance of Alligators’:

Brief 6-Week Gator Hunting Season Begins; Two Gator Limit

Tyler Treadway, Aug. 13, 2019

Treasure Coast Newspapers – Alligator hunting season runs Aug. 15 to Nov. 1 in Florida.

Unlike commercial trapping seen on TV, hunters follow strict guidelines to hunt in FL.

More than 15,000 applications were submitted for 7,679 permits to hunt alligators during the six-week season, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Each permit allows its holder to harvest two alligators, so up to 15,358 alligators could be killed this season. Typically, hunters kill about 70 percent of the harvest quota.

‘Abundance of alligators’

“I think it’s going to be an exceptionally good year for alligator hunting,” said Lewis Clanton of Fort Pierce, an alligator hunting guide for 23 years. “There’s going to be an abundance of alligators out there.”

More gators, Clanton said, but smaller.

“There’s just a fraction of the really large alligators around now compared to what there used to be when I first started hunting,” Clanton said.

Clanton’s theory why: Water levels in many of the state’s waterways have been low for many years, allowing more large alligators to be harvested.

“Fifteen years ago, the average size of the alligators I killed was 11 feet, 3 inches,” Clanton said. “Now I hope to hit 10 feet.”

The statewide numbers aren’t quite so dramatic. The average size of the 2,552 alligators harvested in 2000 was 8 feet 8 inches; the average of the 8,402 killed in 2018 was 8 feet 2 ⅓ inches.

The longest alligator killed in Florida was a 14-foot, 3.5-inch monster weighing 654 pounds hunted Nov. 1, 2010, by Robert “Tres” Ammerman at Lake Washington in Brevard County.

The heaviest gator harvested in Florida was a 1,043 pounder measuring 13 feet 10.5 inches taken April 17, 1989, in Orange County through the nuisance alligator program.

An alligator must be at least 18 inches long from snout to tail to harvest … Read more. 

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