Alligator Injures a Venice Man, Biting Him While He was Swimming in Pond
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 39-year-old man was swimming in a large pond in Nokomis when he was attacked.
Sarasota County Emergency Medical Services and the Venice Police Department responded to the scene and say the man is being treated for injuries to his left leg. The man was flown to the Hospital after was bit by the alligator.
FWC Reminds everyone… when it comes to freshwater areas in Florida….never feed an alligator …and ….keep your distance if you see one. Swim only ….in designated swimming areas….. during daylight hours. And always keep pets on a leash and away from the water.
Also we are still in alligator mating season, which takes place in May and June….with nesting in lJune and July.
FWC officers, as well as an FWC contracted nuisance alligator trapper, have been dispatched to the scene while FWC crews investigate the incident.
FWC says serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida.
People with concerns about an alligator should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR.
Learn more about Alligators from the FWC here: https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/gators/