A Florida man is being treated at the hospital after an alligator bit him in Myakka City, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
It happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. FWC received the call of the attack and responded, with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Manatee County EMS.
43-year-old Eric Merda of Sarasota was reportedly bitten by an alligator near Lake Manatee Fish Camp located at 23745 County Road 675 in Myakka City.
Merda was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries to his arm. Following the bite, an alligator trapper was called to the scene to locate the gator.
The FWC is continuing to investigate the incident.
Last week, an elderly woman was attacked and killed by two alligators. The woman was seen falling into a pond along the course near her residence and struggled to stay afloat at Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood.
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While in the water two alligators were observed near the victim and ultimately grabbed her while in the water.
The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene and FWC responded to capture and remove the alligators from the pond to further the investigation.
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