Deputies in Florida responded Thursday to the Forest Glen and Golf Course community after a nearly 7-foot alligator attacked a man out for a morning walk.
Collier County Sheriff’s Deputies said the man was walking on Jungle Plum Drive shortly after 5 a.m. when an alligator came up and bit him in the leg.
The man was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment.
The first deputy who arrived on the scene rendered first aid to the man. A second deputy spotted the gator leaving the scene and heading toward a nearby lake. The deputy kept eyes on the gator and was able to tell a trapper where it was located.
The trapper safely apprehended the reptile, a female measuring 6 feet 9 inches, and removed it from the community.
It is alligator mating season, and CCSO urges residents to be cautious around bodies of water and vegetation where an alligator could have a nest. It was not known if this female gator had a nest near where the attack occurred.Related: Florida Alligators Are More Aggressive And Visible During Mating Season
Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn, so plan accordingly to reduce the chances of running into them.