Fort Pierce, Fla. (AP) — An 85-year-old woman was struck and killed by an alligator while walking her dog at a senior citizen community on Florida’s Atlantic coast, authorities said.
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The woman was walking her dog near a canal on Spanish Lakes Fairway near Fort Pierce Monday afternoon when the nearly 11-foot alligator attacked the dog, St. Lucie Sheriff Ken said. Mask.
Later, an engineer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission located the alligator and helped deputies transport it to a truck. He was taken from the scene.
“The FWC is in charge of the investigation, although we helped with the helicopter and manpower,” Mascara said.
The woman’s name has not been released. Authorities said the dog survived the attack, but her condition was not immediately known.
Fatal alligator attacks are rare, but they do happen. In 2016, 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed by an alligator while vacationing at Walt Disney World from Nebraska with his family. Since then, hundreds of alligators have been relocated to the area.
Fort Pierce is about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of West Palm Beach.