Latest Alligators News

911 caller told dispatcher "an alligator got this lady"

Jun. 15, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Police have released the 911 recording of a man saying he believed "an alligator got this lady" who had been walking her dogs at a Florida park. The man said he'd watched the woman take her dogs into Silver Lakes Rotary Park, and that he later spotted two of the dogs near her car, while...

Report: Lake where woman found dead known for alligators

Jun. 12, 2018 11:32 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say the lake where a 47-year-old woman was found dead from an apparent alligator attack has been the subject of multiple reports of gator activity. Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Robert Klepper told the Palm Beach Post the agency has received 11 calls...

Plane taxis to Orlando gate _ after alligator crosses tarmac

Jun. 11, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Most times it's bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator. Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a...

Homeowner's association issued gator warning before attack

Jun. 10, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Two days before a South Florida woman was fatally attacked by an alligator, an emailed warning about a trespassing gator was sent out to homeowners in the waterfront community where she lived. The Sun Sentinel of South Florida reported Sunday it was unknown if Shizuka Matsuki ever got...

Searchers find body of woman attacked by gator in Florida

Jun. 9, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — State wildlife searchers located the body of a woman believed to have been killed during an alligator attack in South Florida. The body of 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki was found in a lake in Davie, Florida, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said late...

Authorities: Evidence shows gator bit, probably killed woman

Jun. 8, 2018 10:40 PM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A woman who disappeared while walking her dogs near a Florida lake Friday was bitten and likely killed by an alligator that was later captured, wildlife officials said. A necropsy confirmed the gator bit Shizuka Matsuki, 47, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials...

The Latest: Authorities identify woman bitten by alligator

Jun. 8, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a report of a woman dragged into a Florida pond by an alligator (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Authorities have identified a woman who they say was bitten and probably killed by an alligator while she was out walking her dogs next to a Florida lake. The Florida Fish and...

Feisty Florida gator head-butts trapper in escape attempt

Jun. 6, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

OCOEE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator roaming through a central Florida neighborhood head-butted a trapper, knocking him out cold in a last-ditch effort to escape. The incident which was caught on video released Tuesday by a TV station caused quite a disturbance along a residential street in Ocoee, which is near...

Body found in gator-filled pond after 911 call

May. 10, 2018 1:22 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities found a body Thursday in an alligator-infested pond in central Florida a day after getting a 911 call reporting someone screaming that they'd been bitten before going under the water. Orange County Sheriff's deputies initially thought they were looking for a teenage boy...

The Latest: Body found in pond is woman, has no trauma

May. 10, 2018 10:21 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on body found in an alligator-infested pond in Florida (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Authorities in central Florida now say a body found in an alligator-infested pond is a woman and there are no signs of trauma to her body. The Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted Thursday...