Tampa, Florida -- Despite attacking a woman canoeing on the Hillsborough River, authorities are not on the hunt for a gator at John Sargeant Park.
"Thousands of people go canoeing, kayaking everyday - it was an anomalous event - doesn't happen often at all," says FWC spokesperson Baryl Martin.
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The victim went to the hospital after being attacked but has been released. The FWC says it was not an aggressive gator, but a defensive one. They believe the gator was startled although they are not sure exactly how.
Canoeing continued at the park today and management there says the gator in question isn't the only one out there -- in a 4.5 mile stretch there are about 100 gators, ranging from 6 inches to 14 feet - the size of a canoe.
FWC officials say the likelihood that an alligator will randomly attack someone is one in 2.4 million.
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