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Alligator will be euthanized after attacking a man near pond in Sanibel

Gator Bite Sanibel Island
Posted at 1:46 PM, Dec 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-16 21:20:06-05

SANIBEL, Fla. — A man is in the hospital after an alligator bit him Thursday morning on Sanibel Island, and according to Florida's Fish and Wildlife, the gator will be put to sleep.

The attack happened on the 2400 block of Periwinkle Way around 11:00 am. Around 2:00 in the afternoon first responders were able to get the alligator out of the pond.

After the gator was captured FWC's gator trappers gave Fox 4 a closer look at the gator that bit a man's arm.

“He’s a big guy, he said his arm was hurting pretty good," said Sanibel Fire's Division Chief Tim Barrett. "But he’s a pretty tough old boy. Lost a lot of blood, but he’s fine.”

Chief Barrett explained that the worker is from Arkansas and was washing his hands in the pond when he was attacked.

“A pretty good size gator...about 8 to 10 feet gator came up and grabbed him by the arm. It was a bit of a struggle,” Chief Barett said.

Luckily the man could pull himself free, but he lost a lot of blood.

About three hours after the attack, first responders were able to get the gator out of the pond. Chief Barrett explained that capturing the gator was like fishing.

“Sometimes they will use a big hook, and a large piece of meat and throw it out there and catch him, ” Chief Barrett said.

Gators are common in Florida and Chief Barrett said they respond to these types of calls more often than you will think. So he wants everyone to remember to be cautious.

"Pretty much every body of water has an alligator in it, including some swimming pools," Chief Barrett said.

At the last check, the victim is in the hospital but is expected to be okay.