Woman bitten by alligator while walking on nature trail

An alligator bit a woman walking on a trail Monday at Cypress Gardens, but her injuries did not appear to be serious, authorities said.

The alligator was sunning itself on the edge of a nature trail when an elderly couple encountered it about 3 p.m., said Cpl. Russ Monnet, a wildlife agent with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

“It was a very narrow trail, about two feet wide, with water on both sides,” Monnet said. “Her husband was walking in front of her. He may have startled the alligator. She doesn’t know if she stepped on it or not.”

The woman, whose name was not released, had a single puncture wound to her leg and another puncture wound to her hand, Monnet said. The woman fell down after being bitten on the leg and that’s when the alligator nipped her hand, he said.

Estimates of the gator’s size varied from 3 to 6 feet long. The alligator fled from the scene very quickly. “It was scared, probably just as scared than the people were,” Monnet said.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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