Tampa, Florida -- Despite attacking a woman canoeing on the Hillsborough River, authorities are not on the hunt for a gator at John Sargeant Park.
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.
The 911 call made from a man reportign about a woman being bit by an alligator on the Hillsborough River.
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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