Native regulation enforcement stated Friday that an alligator killed a person in Horry County, South Carolina, after dragging him right into a retention pond.
The Horry County Police Division (HCPD) stated in a press release on its Fb that Horry County Fireplace Rescue responded to a water rescue name round 11:45 a.m. within the space of Excalibur Courtroom outdoors Myrtle Seashore.
Law enforcement officials and items from the South Carolina Division of Pure Sources additionally got here to help. Whereas on the scene, the items discovered that the alligator “took a maintain of a neighbor who was close to the sting of a retention pond and retreated” again into the water.
Authorities stated Friday that an alligator killed a person in Horry County, South Carolina, after dragging him right into a pond. Above, an alligator lays on grass close to a canal in Everglades Nationwide Park, Florida, on September 30, 2021.
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Authorities determined to take away the alligator from the pond, and decided that it needs to be euthanized on web site. The HCPD’s Environmental Providers and Prison Investigations Division is presently investigating the person’s loss of life whose physique was recovered from the pond.
“Our hearts exit to the household and neighborhood members impacted by this tragic incident,” the HCPD added in its assertion.
Newsweek reached out to the Horry County Police Division for remark.
When Alligators Assault
An analogous incident occurred in Florida final month when a 47-year-old man was killed by an alligator whereas he was on the lookout for a misplaced frisbee within the waters of John S. Taylor Park.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee (FWC) was known as to the scene, together with a trapper. Close by residents had been urged to keep away from the water at any time, particularly throughout alligator mating season, which is from April by June, when the reptiles turn out to be extra aggressive.
Additionally in Florida the place round 1.3 million alligators dwell throughout all 67 counties, a 7-foot-alligator bit a person who was strolling round a motel earlier this month. Nonetheless, specialists stated that it is “uncommon” for alligators to assault people in unprovoked conditions. The FWC said that 442 individuals had been victims of unprovoked alligator assaults, together with 26 fatalities, between 1948 to 2021.
Alligators are “opportunistic feeders”, based on the FWC, and normally prey on simply accessible species similar to small animals, birds, fish, and snakes.
“Canine are extra vulnerable to being bitten than people as a result of dogs resemble the pure prey of alligators,” the FWC stated. “The sound of dogs barking and taking part in could draw an alligator to the realm.”
Final week, an alligator attacked and ate a 40-pound dog that was taking part in fetch along with his proprietor in Florida’s J.R. Alford Greenway Path. The black Labrador retriever combine was standing as much as his elbows within the water when a 9-foot-alligator grabbed the dog head-first and dragged it into the water.
“Increase, the water simply type of exploded,” the dog’s proprietor Josh Wells stated, based on the Tallahassee Democrat. “He by no means barked. He by no means noticed it.”
Equally, an alligator killed a 50-pound pit bull in March on the State Faculty of Florida campus.