June 14, 2016
In the latest attack, an alligator snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves on the evening of Tuesday, June 14, 2016, while walking with his parents along the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa near Orlando in Orange County, Florida, as his father desperately tried to save him. Orange County Sheriff’s office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission found the child’s body this afternoon. So sad.
June 6, 2016
Police recovered Richard Zachary Taylor body on June 6 2016 after a report of an alligator with a body in its mouth near Lake Hunter in Lakeland, Florida. A trapper responded a short time later and eventually caught the gator. Detectives don’t know if Taylor drowned or was killed by the reptile. Taylor’s body was decomposed, indicating he had been in the water a couple of days or longer. Remains found inside the alligator during a necropsy were a match to Taylor.
November 13, 2015
A police dive team found the body of Matthew Riggins in a pond in Micco,Florida Barefoot Bay community in Brevard County, Florida ten days after he was reported missing. Riggins, who learned about KARMA the hard way had been burglarizing homes in the area, was attacked and partially eaten by the 11-foot alligator.
How to avoid an alligator attack:
- Do not feed alligators
- Take warning signs about the presence of alligators seriously.
- Assume ALL Florida lakes and canals have gators living in them.
- Never go swimming outside of designated areas in regions where alligators are known to live. If a potential swimming area is unmarked, do not assume that it is safe.
- If you are on or near infested water after dark, use a flashlight or headlamp to check the area frequently for eye-shine.
- Keep your distance from the water when walking on the shore, and avoid patches of vegetation where these animals could hide.
- An alligator that feels threatened may hiss at you. If you hear a hissing alligator, try to determine where the sound is coming from, and then leave in the opposite direction as quietly and quickly as you can.
- Believe it or not, gators can outrun a horse for a very short distance. They can move at 30 mph over 10 yards
- Only feeding young animals is not OK. Remember that a 2-foot long alligator will eventually grow up to be a 10-foot long alligator that might still expect humans to feed it. This is dangerous for both the animal and any humans it might meet.
- Gators feed after sunset and all night until before sunrise. There is no reason for you to be on the bank of a Florida lake or canal during these hours when you can’t see.
- If you do decide to sit by a freshwater Florida lake or canal to watch a sunset with your date, be aware of large swirls in the water. That’s a key giveaway that a gator is under the surface. DO NOT dangle your feet in the water!
- If you are attacked by an alligator, your only chance is to try to poke it in the eyes, cram your fingers up their nose, or hammer them as hard a you can on the snout.