In Florida, an alligator kidnaps a family’s pet dog.
An alligator killed a family dog at Naval Station Mayport, a US Navy facility in Florida, on Monday.
The 13-pound dog was attacked at 6 p.m. when it ran into Lake Wonderwood, close to its owners’ home on the base in Jacksonville, according to naval officials.
Natural resources manager Heather Hahn of Naval Station Mayport told Florida’s News4Jax: “The owner’s dog had gotten out of the home without them knowing, and she went to look for it, but it had run down to the sea.
“So it’s literally in the water, right close to the water, and there’s a gator there.
“There was nothing she [the owner]could have done in this situation,” Hahn remarked. “However, it’s important to be aware that there are gators here, and we make sure to inform everyone.”
The alligator was photographed and posted on Facebook by Naval Station Mayport, with the caption: “A reminder to keep yourselves and pets away from our native gators.” It’s also a good time to remind everyone that dogs must always be leashed in public places, including houses, the beach, and especially near bodies of water. Our heartfelt condolences to the family who has lost their beloved pet.”
A trapper retrieved the alligator, a male measuring roughly 10 feet 10 inches long, from the lake, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
According to Karen Parker, a commission spokesman, the trapper, a state-hired contractor, can either transport the gator to an alligator farm or “process” it for its meat and hide.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has been contacted by Washington Newsday for comment.
Crocodilians are the reptile family that includes alligators. The American alligator and the American crocodile are two of the 23 species of crocodilians that are native to the United States. According to the US National Park Service, South Florida is the only site where these two species coexist.
“Alligators primarily inhabit freshwater swamps and marshes and can also be found in rivers, lakes, and smaller bodies of water,” as well as occasionally in “brackish water around mangrove swamps,” the NPS says.
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