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Old 07-13-2015, 12:38 AM
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GATOR eats 75 Pound Dog in Hillsborough River Tampa Fl Area ...



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TAMPA -- A 75-pound dog was attacked and presumably killed by an alligator in the Hillsborough River Sunday evening.
Police received a call shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday from a witness reporting a woman was in the Hillsborough River near the dam at Rowlett Park yelling about an alligator.
When officers arrived they found and rescued 29-year-old Natasha Lee from the water.
Police learned a 3-year-old black Lab named Haze had chased a bird into the river. During that time, a large alligator attacked Haze and dragged the dog under water.
Lee was not injured. Haze and the alligator have not been located.
Trappers were called to the scene to search for the gator.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:13 AM
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You run in the river?

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Old 07-13-2015, 04:30 AM
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The gator didn't eat the dog yet, he just stuffed him under a log or something so he can ferment for a few days.
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RIP Haze

Need to go down there packing!
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This is not at all surprising. Usually it's much smaller dogs, but gators are definitely capable of taking larger animals. I've lived in FL most of my life. A couple things were drilled into my head pretty early about alligators.

1. They can be found in pretty much every body of water in the state. From lakes to rivers, and even backyard ponds and pools in some cases.
2. If you want to keep your dog, keep it away from the waters edge, especially lakes, rivers, & ponds.
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The gator didn't eat the dog yet, he just stuffed him under a log or something so he can ferment for a few days.
Nice, good grief
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The crazy shit about Florida is that you can have a 15 foot gator visible in the water but the authorities won't do anything until "after" the gator proves to be a threat. They're protected. So you better hope your kids don't wander too close to the edge of the water. Many cases of this happening.
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Originally Posted by Gary Schulte View Post
The crazy shit about Florida is that you can have a 15 foot gator visible in the water but the authorities won't do anything until "after" the gator proves to be a threat. They're protected. So you better hope your kids don't wander too close to the edge of the water. Many cases of this happening.
That reminds me of when people find an endangered species on their land. If they report it, then they can't build on the land because it would be considered destroying the habitat. If they shoot/shovel/shut up, then they are free to proceed.
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A gator got a dog not long ago at the boat ramp in St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.


Tallahassee Democrat 11:08 a.m. EDT July 1, 2015

When an 8-foot alligator grabbed Mike Karris' 11-year-old dachshund, Cody, at the boat ramp in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, he and his fiancee didn't think about their own safety for a second. They immediately dashed knee-deep into the water after Cody.

They were unsuccessful in saving their dog from the alligator as it retreated into the pond near the boat ramp crowded Saturday with throngs of people heading out for the opening weekend of scallop season at St. Marks.

"I couldn't catch up to the gator. It was so fast," Karris said Tuesday. "The whole thing, start to finish, didn't last 5 seconds and the dog wasn't on the ground for more than a minute."

Karris and his fiancee returned to the ramp around 3 p.m. While they were preparing their boat to leave the park, they set the dog on the ground, unleashed.

He estimates the alligator came out of the pond, crossed 10 feet of grass and gravel and then onto the pavement where the boat was parked. The animal may be acclimated to humans given the brazen attack at the bustling ramp.

However, Karris is not trying to shirk the responsibility to leash pets in the park. He blames neither the alligator for its natural instinct, nor park staff whom he has contacted since the incident. He just hopes his experience serves as a warning to others.

"While it's up to us to be our first line of defense and watch out for our loved ones," Karris said, "I'm not sure having a gator that's aggressive and not scared of humans at a family friendly park is a safe situation."

There is a leashing requirement in the park; however, incidents involving humans and the hundreds of alligators throughout the park are rare, said refuge manager Terry Peacock. The last attack on a dog was more than 15 years ago.

Refuge officials, who expressed sympathy for the loss of the dog, have a duty to the animals at the park. But they aren't in the animal control business, Peacock added.

Alligators that have become a threat to humans have been removed from the park before, Peacock said, but there have been no reports of this animal being aggressive toward people near the boat ramp.

"I can't punish an alligator for being an alligator," Peacock said. "That's just an alligator being its normal self."

Refuge officials are monitoring the large reptile, have posted signs and are handing out "living with alligators" literature to visitors.

Sometimes complacency in the long interval between the rare attacks can cause people to forget they are coming close to dangerous wild animals.

Any body of water in Florida can hold alligators and with more people expected to enter the park over the holiday weekend, it's important to keep an eye on pets, Peacock said.

"People just need to understand that we are a national wildlife refuge, and first and foremost, we are there for the wildlife," she said."
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If you have ever seen the size of some of the gators that live in the Hillsborough River State Park a few miles upriver from the dam, this is not a huge surprise. You probably have some bulls up there that may be in the 300 pound plus size range.
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Sad to see a dog get whacked but NOW the owner wants MORE signs !

There ARE Signs ! PAY ATTENTION !!!

Guess we need a 60 foot sign on the Florida border WE HAVE GATORS they will EAT your pets and Children "
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This happened in my neighborhood about 2 years ago. They ended up catching 3 gators after the attack with the largest being 12' 2".

http://www.khou.com/story/news/2014/07/20/11748660/
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Originally Posted by Gary Schulte View Post
The crazy shit about Florida is that you can have a 15 foot gator visible in the water but the authorities won't do anything until "after" the gator proves to be a threat. They're protected. So you better hope your kids don't wander too close to the edge of the water. Many cases of this happening.
Well there are two sides to a story like that. Because a gator in the wrong waterway may turn into a pair of boots. I'm not going to wait for the Sh*%T to hit the fan.

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Originally Posted by THE BARRACUDA View Post
Well there are two sides to a story like that. Because a gator in the wrong water way may turn into a pair of boots. I'm not going to wait for the Sh*%T to hit the fan.
I feel the same way.
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Tough to see

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Originally Posted by THE BARRACUDA View Post
Well there are two sides to a story like that. Because a gator in the wrong water way may turn into a pair of boots. I'm not going to wait for the Sh*%T to hit the fan.
I have s small body of water right next to my house (same as most every other one around here) and I've heard about gators moving in after big rains and floods... I can sure you that protected or not, if you are a gator , and in my property, you were dangerous and a threat. I'm sure that you were charging me when I shot you.
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Originally Posted by emudryj View Post
i have s small body of water right next to my house (same as most every other one around here) and i've heard about gators moving in after big rains and floods... I can sure you that protected or not, if you are a gator , and in my property, you were dangerous and a threat. I'm sure that you were charging me when i shot you.
yup!!
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then why post it? good grief.
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Originally Posted by THE BARRACUDA View Post
Well there are two sides to a story like that. Because a gator in the wrong waterway may turn into a pair of boots. I'm not going to wait for the Sh*%T to hit the fan.
LOTS of gators live on the upriver side of that dam. I walked the boardwalk in the sate park back in like 2001 and probably saw 4 or 5 in the 8 foot plus range sunning themselves just in that one area.
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