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Florida alligator attack: woman was attacked by 10-foot alligator while cutting trees

The 27-year-old woman was cutting the edge of a lake near a country club in Fort Myers on September 10 when the alligator bit her.

She was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and treated for injuries to both legs, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The alligator was later captured by an annoying contracted alligator hunter and taken to an alligator farm, according to the commission.

The FWC said it is still investigating the incident.

A few days later, on Sept. 13, a man sustained leg injuries when he was bitten by an alligator while walking his dog along a residential canal in Port St. Lucie, FWC said. The 8-foot, 3-inch alligator that bit him was removed and moved to an alligator farm.

The CNN WPTV affiliate reported that Mark Johnson, 61
, said the alligator got stuck on his leg and was trying to drag him underwater. When Johnson hit the alligator in the eye, the reptile let go, he said.

“I have kind of a slide and my foot is stuck in the mud, and the next thing I know, I see the lunge,” Johnson told WPTV. “He started squeezing hard enough and started pulling, and the next thing I do, immediately, here’s my fingers, I hit him through the eye.”

Johnson received 62 points and his dog was unharmed, WPTV reported.

Alligator bites are serious, but injuries from the huge reptiles are rare in Florida, according to the FWC.

“FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Alligator Alligator (SNAP) program,” FWC said in a statement to CNN. “SNAP’s goal is to proactively address alligator threats in developed areas while preserving alligators in areas where they occur naturally.”

SNAP uses contract alligator hunters throughout Florida to find and remove alligators that may pose a threat to people or pets.

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