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Alligator removed from Florida pond after biting woman

Posted: 4:45 PM, May 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-26 14:59:15-04
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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A woman in Brevard County was flown to a trauma center on Saturday after she was bitten by an alligator.

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Nicole Tillman, 26, was swimming in a pond near Port St. John’s Parkway and Golfview Avenue when it happened.

Brevard County Fire Rescue says the woman suffered significant bite injuries, but they are non-life threatening.

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A contracted nuisance alligator trapped and removed the 8 foot 6 inch gator from the pond. FWC is investigating the incident.

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Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida. FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) to address complaints concerning specific alligators believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.

People with concerns about an alligator should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286.

When someone concerned about an alligator calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, we will dispatch one of our contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation. FWC also works diligently to keep Floridians and visitors informed, including providing advice about living with alligators.

The FWC would like to remind Florida’s residents and visitors that Alligators become more visible and active during spring and summer. When temperatures rise, their metabolism increases, resulting in more movement and higher visibility.

For more information from FWC on living with alligators, please click here.