How widespread are alligator assaults?


When Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast state of Louisiana two weeks in the past, floodwaters from the storm introduced one other hazard to residents: wildlife

A 12-foot-long alligator believed to have attacked a person in St. Tammany Parish was captured and killed on Monday and authorities found human remains in its stomach


The parish coroner’s workplace and investigators have been working to find out if the stays have been these of Timothy Satterlee, 71, who has been lacking because the Aug. 30 assault, in accordance with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Satterlee was attacked exterior of his house within the New Orleans suburb of Slidell and authorities said that his spouse had heard a splash and though she was capable of pull her severely injured husband to the steps of their house, when she used a small boat to get deputies nad returned he was

The greater than 500-pound ‘gator was captured within the space of Avery Estates, the police stated in a release.

“It is a horrible tragedy and my honest condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee household. I do know at this time’s findings doesn’t carry their cherished one again, however hopefully this will carry them some type of closure. I’m very pleased with the laborious, continuous work, of my deputies and the opposite businesses who assisted, and I hope their persistence to find this alligator will assist the household with dealing with their loss. We are going to proceed to maintain them in our prayers,” Sheriff Randy Smith stated.

Since Ida, the Bayou State has been drenched with much more rain following Hurricane Nicholas and homes have obtained additional harm.

In keeping with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, there are greater than 2 million wild alligators within the state and almost 1 million alligators on farms.

The company notes that alligator searching has a protracted historical past there courting again to the 1800s.

Florida additionally has greater than one million alligators and the creatures happen from southeast Oklahoma and east Texas to North Carolina and the Sunshine State, preferring freshwater lakes and slow-moving rivers.


Information from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission exhibits that Florida has averaged 7 unprovoked bites per 12 months which can be critical sufficient to require skilled medical remedy over the past 10 years. 

From 1948 to 2019, 413 unprovoked chunk incidents have occurred in Florida, the company stated, with 25 of these bites leading to human fatalities. 

Whereas Outforia reports that almost all of Florida’s deaths come from alligator assaults, the probability of a Florida resident being critically injured throughout an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly just one in 3.1 million.  

Unprovoked alligator assaults are comparatively uncommon, according to Live Science which stated CDC (Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention) information confirmed alligators had killed simply 10 folks within the Southeast from 1999 to 2019. 

In a breakdown of the variety of confirmed deadly assaults on people by eight of North America’s most harmful wild animals since 1970, Outforia stated alligators positioned fifth, with 53 deaths.

The University of Florida stated that alligators are answerable for lower than 6% of deadly assaults by crocodilians worldwide, with simply 4% of assaults within the U.S. resulting in dying.

The college famous that there is no motive to counsel alligators actively hunt throughout hurricanes.

One of the simplest ways to keep away from a gator’s grasp is to steer clear of rivers and marshy habitats, Outforia stated.


The college says within the occasion of an assault, the sufferer ought to run in a straight line, poke the alligator within the eyes, punch and kick it across the head and attempt to induce a gag reflex by jamming objects at the back of its mouth. 

To stop such an occasion from occurring, folks and warned to swim solely in designated areas throughout daylight, preserve pets away from water and stay keep vigilant.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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