A 43-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after being bitten by an alligator.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says she was walking her dog in a Palm Harbor neighborhood when she was attacked.

Officials say the woman was rushed to the hospital and is being treated for injuries to her right leg.

FWC officers and a contracted nuisance alligator trapper were dispatched to the scene. The trapper later pulled a 7-foot-7-inch gator from a pond at Lansbrook Village Apartments. 

He told Spectrum Bay News 9 reporter Sarah Blazonis that it was the gator who attacked the woman.

If you see an alligator posing a threat to people, pets or property, contact FWC by calling 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286)

FWC says nuisance alligators that are removed for public safety become the property of the trapper and are usually processed for their hide and meat. Trappers receive a $30 stipend for each gator they capture.

According to the commission, there are about 1.3 million alligators in Florida.


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