A seven-foot alligator sent a woman to Florida to hospital on Tuesday after biting her leg, according to a local report.
The 43-year-old woman was walking her dog near a lake in Palm Harbor when an alligator attacked her, WTVT reported, the Fox-owned television station in Tampa reported.
An EMS from Pinelas County took the woman to the hospital to be treated for “serious injuries” to her lower right leg, the station said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Committee (FWC) called a bad alligator device on the spot and officers were able to catch the alligator.
A video taken by WTVT shows employees squeezing the gator and tying its jaws with tape before loading it into the back of a truck.
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The FWC says alligator attacks on humans are rare in Florida. But the agency told local station Fox that simply relocating them is not always feasible, as they often return to their place of capture, causing problems for people or alligators along the way.
The agency told WTSP, a CBS-linked television station in St. Petersburg, that if an alligator returned to its capture site, it would be necessary to capture it and would usually be more difficult a second time.
So-called “nasty fighters” usually become the property of the trap that caught it, or they are processed for their skins and meat, the FWC said. Other times they are sold to zoos or animal facilities.
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Fox News contacted the FWC for further comments.