Florida cyclist attacked, seriously injured by 9-foot alligator


A nine-foot alligator severely injured a bicyclist who fell into the water where it was swimming. - PHOTO VIA MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Photo via Martin County Sheriff's Office
  • A nine-foot alligator severely injured a bicyclist who fell into the water where it was swimming.

A Florida alligator attacked a bicyclist on Monday, officials say.

According to a Facebook post from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, around 11 a.m. Monday, a man riding his bike in Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart lost control and fell into a body of water.

In the water, a 9-foot alligator latched onto the man, biting and severely injuring him. The cyclist, who hasn’t been identified, managed to escape the female gator’s jaws and crawled to an area where a bystander assisted him, the post added.

Martin County Fire Rescue, the Martin County Sheriff's Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife drove the bite victim to a medical helicopter crew. The current status of the cyclist has not been reported.

As for the gator, trapper John Davidson located and captured it, and FWC officials are further investigating the attack.

According to the FWC, about 1.3 million gators live in the state. They inhabit all 67 Florida counties and can be found in almost every brackish and freshwater body, and, occasionally, saltwater.

Alligator mating season runs between May and June, at which time the animals can be more aggressive towards humans. In late June or early July, females begin building nests and depositing their eggs. Officials didn’t mention whether the bicyclist landed near a nest.

Alligator attacks are rare. FWC data shows that in 2020, a total of 12 alligator attacks occurred, with an average of seven unprovoked bites per year over the last 10 years. The likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured in an unprovoked alligator incident is about one in 3.1 million.

This post originally appeared at Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

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