Wildlife officials think woman bitten by alligator in Davie is deceased

Sources tell media arm found in caught gator

UPDATE:  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued this statement: 

A 12-foot, 6-inch alligator was removed from the lake by an FWC contracted trapper.

After an initial necropsy, evidence was found that indicates that the victim of this incident was bitten by the alligator that was captured earlier today.

The FWC believes that the victim is deceased and we will continue recovery efforts on the lake with local authorities.

This tragedy is heartbreaking for everyone involved, and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this time.

EARLIER:

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities searched a Florida pond Friday after a witness told police an alligator attacked a woman walking her dogs and dragged her into the water.

Several TV news stations in Broward quoted sources as saying an arm was found inside a gator that was captured at the scene.

The caller reported seeing the alligator drag her into the pond in Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.

In a Sun Sentinel report , Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle said divers were searching the water.

"Her dogs won't leave the pond," Engle said. "One of her dogs got bit by the gator."

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Rob Klepper said the report of the attack was still unconfirmed, but law enforcement officers with the agency were heading to the scene.

The pond is in a park near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a major Miami-area tourist and entertainment attraction.

Authorities closed the park Friday.

Alligators and humans have crossed paths more and more in Florida, as people increasingly seek waterfront homes and recreation — but fatal attacks remain rare.

According to the wildlife commission, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only one in 3.2 million.

From 1948 to 2017, the commission has documented 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities. The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy playing near the water's edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

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