Florida alligator attack facts

by on July 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm in Current Affairs, Data Source, Sports, Uncategorized | Permalink

The activities of victims at the time of attack in the Florida cases were distributed as follows: 17.4 percent were related to trying to capture/pick up/exhibit the animal; 16.7 percent involved swimming; 9.9 percent involved fishing; 9.5 percent related to retrieving golf balls; and 5.3 percent involved wading/walking in water.

Here is more information.  Staying away from alligators — and golf — would seem to eliminate most but not all of these attacks.

1 Turkey Vulture July 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Staying away from alligators may prevent alligator attacks.

I don’t know, I’m skeptical.

2 Rich Berger July 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

You’d think that staying away from alligators would be sufficient.

3 Rich Berger July 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

It also appears that being a man is a risk factor. I am glad that Harvard provides such a valuable resource for journalists.

4 Scott F July 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Men – they taste like chicken!

5 Rich Berger July 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm

The gators must not like the taste of women.

6 Maybe it's me but... July 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Many people don’t see to care about the effects their acts have on other people. Well, it reflects badly on the society we have. Sorry, but it’s just how I feel.

7 XVO July 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Many alligators don’t see to care about the effects their acts have on other people. Well, it reflects badly on the society we have. Sorry, but it’s just how I feel.

Ftfy

8 Thomas Taylor July 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

“The activities of victims at the time of attack in the Florida cases were distributed as follows: 17.4 percent were related to trying to capture/pick up/exhibit the animal; 16.7 percent involved swimming; 9.9 percent involved fishing; 9.5 percent related to retrieving golf balls; and 5.3 percent involved wading/walking in water.”
17.4+16.7+9.9+9.5+5.3= 58.8 The other 41.2 died while using the subway. True story.

9 PD Shaw July 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Those incidents involving toilets are deemed unsuitable for all-ages publications.

10 Thiago Ribeiro July 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Isn’t it a New York problem.

11 Maybe, it's me but... July 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”- Solomon, King of Israel Sorry, but it’s just how I feel.

12 8 July 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm

If you want to happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife. An ugly woman cooks meals on time, she’ll always give you peace of mind. -Jimmy Soul

13 Bill July 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Do you think they will have to rename the Florida Gators football team after the recent incident at Disney World.

You do not want to have little children feeling too comfortable around gators. Having a team named after a dangerous animal reduces fear.

Can I pet the gator, mommy.

Not only that, the Gator name also reminds you of something that could appear in your back yard in Florida.

Maybe the Florida Flamingos.

14 Jonfraz July 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

And the cheerleaders can dress up to look like Divine.

Er. uh, maybe not, no.

15 too hot for MR July 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Would be a good opportunity for one-legged cheerleaders, though.

16 spencer July 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

If the U. of Fla football players can not prove their manhood by wrestling the gator on campus what will happen?

I played gold on a course in Venezuela that has several 6 to 9 foot long iguanas on it. Are they more dangerous than gators?

17 Pshrnk July 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

All the gold in Venezuela has been squandered.

18 Thiago Ribeiro July 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

So what? Venezuela’s economy is as good as golf.

19 So Much For Subtlety July 2, 2016 at 6:18 am

Iguanas? There is an Australian golf course that has that beat:

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/10/11/shark-infested-australian-golf-course-believed-to-be-worlds-first.html

Members of a golf club in Australia have something more to worry about than just their swing, playing on what is thought to be the world’s first shark-infested course.

Six man-eating bull sharks live in the lake in the center of the course at Brisbane’s Carbrook Golf Club, where their fins poking through the water has become a regular sight.

20 8 July 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Was there a cannibal Indian tribe that ate Seminoles?

21 mkt42 July 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

In much of Florida (including within the city limits of Miami), staying away from alligators means staying away from water, which is not exactly easy to do in Miami. The University of Miami’s campus is centered around Lake Osceola, which has crocodiles.
http://chronicle.com/article/Crocodile-Fears/25472

In addition to gators/crocs, the shore of the lake is festooned with warning signs about swimming and lightning. Lately toxic algae have become an issue in some FL locations. These ain’t like the neighborhood swimming holes that were around where many of us grew up.

22 Jonfraz July 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

I lived in Florida for five years (St Pete, and Fort Lauderdale) I never lived near enough to water in either to worry about alligators (generally they do not stray far from water, though in droughts they may have to look for a new home).
The only alligators I ever saw were in fairly safe park environments where there were fences or elevated walkways keeping the gators and the humans separate.

23 mkt42 July 1, 2016 at 6:08 pm

You’re right, I should have made a more nuanced statement, something along the lines of “it is easy to find it hard to stay away from the water”. Meaning, you’re walking across the Univ of Miami’s campus, or you’re golfing, or you’re that family at DisneyWorld who had their toddler snatched by an alligator. That is, gator-infested water is not ubiquitous and omnipresent — but it’s far from inaccessible. Unlike other places, where you can walk across campus, golf, or go to DisneyLand and be guaranteed safe from alligators.

24 Mark Thorson July 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm
25 Ex-Pralite Monk July 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Don’t forget the clear air lightning from friendly looking puffy white clouds.

26 The Anti-Gnostic July 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Poisonous toads, mango poop, anacondas, men with gold chains firing automatic pistols.

27 Alan July 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

And raw cookie dough.

28 Mark Thorson July 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

Disney has a history with brain-eating amoebae.

http://www.yesterland.com/rivercountry.html

Alligators and amoebae, oh my!

29 derek July 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

The alligators have to eat too.

30 The Anti-Gnostic July 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Ouch.

Did anyone venture an estimate on the size of this behemoth? Looks like 12-14′.

31 Jeff R. July 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Train the gator to retrieve the golf balls.

32 Laguna Beach Fogey July 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Train Haitians to retrieve the golf balls.

33 rayward July 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Golf: a good walk spoiled. Real men don’t play golf. And real alligators don’t live on golf courses. Indeed, Florida golf course gators are pygmies compared to the mammoth creatures that inhabit the salt marshes and swamps of the low country. The first time I came across a bunch of them sunning on the bank I thought they were some kind of large construction related equipment used to pump water from the swamp. Until they moved. To give you an idea of the scale, low country gators are to gators as Bodega Bay oysters are to salt water clams; mammoth molluscs that must be cut with a knife – an appetite spoiled.

34 JWatts July 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

” Indeed, Florida golf course gators are pygmies compared to the mammoth creatures that inhabit the salt marshes and swamps of the low country.”

There is some anecdotal evidence that the bigger gators are thriving and starting to move into heavily inhabited areas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXn1g0xtUMk

35 Abe Froman July 1, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Alligator avoidance: Yet another happy spillover from a “stay away from Florida” policy.

36 Thiago Ribeiro July 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

“Here water is most plentiful and soil is all they need.”
I remember an American salesman saying he used to sell land in Florida to the unsuspecting by the acres, but it should habe been more adequate selling it by the gallon.

37 Art Deco July 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm

They say there have been 24 deaths in Florida since 1928. A while back you had a piece that indicated that 0.06% of all homicides one year were effected by poisons. Some things are features of literature but scarcely known in life.

38 yo July 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Don’t forget to stay away from Ikea furniture!

39 zbicyclist July 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm

There were 293 people in the US killed by furniture 2000-2010. That’s an annual rate of death roughly equal to the total number of Florida alligator/croc fatalities in over 85 years (24).

http://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/108985/tipover2011.pdf

40 zbicyclist July 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm

That should be 24 in the US, not Florida.

41 zbicyclist July 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm

And as to the fatality of IKEA furniture,
http://www.gocomics.com/strangebrew/2016/07/02

42 Li Zhi July 2, 2016 at 7:19 am

ADeco: I’m doubting your number. Women’s number 1 method of suicide (in the USA) is poison/overdose. Given that, your number is highly suspect. (men’s #1 is firearm, if you don’t count marriage or alcohol)

43 coketown July 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm

“There have been 567 reports of adverse encounters with alligators with 24 deaths reported in the United States from 1928 to January 1, 2009.”

If you had asked me “what animal was responsible for 24 deaths in the United States between 1928 and 2009” I would have guessed ‘parakeets’ or ‘dwarf rabbits’ before ‘alligators.’ I thought the toll would be much higher. If you lose a golf ball in Florida let the gator have it. Other than that, I don’t think these extremely low numbers are a call to action for anything.

44 Thiago Ribeiro July 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

“An appeaser is one who feeds an alligator, hoping it will eat him last.” – Winston Churchill”
Well, he actually said “crocodile”, but you say “tomato”, I say “tomate”. ‘ Nuff sid.

45 Todd K July 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Crocodiles are far more aggressive and deadly than alligators. Churchill knew what he was talking about.

46 Ex-Pralite Monk July 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Years ago a man and his young daughter were wading in the lake behind my father’s house. The girl disappeared. The father, thinking she stepped into a hole, reached down into the water to pull her to the surface. The gator let her go and grabbed him. Everyone escaped serious injury.

47 Maximum Liberty July 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm

“17.4 percent were related to trying to capture/pick up/exhibit the animal”

Of which, 6.6 percent were preceded by “Watch this.”

The other 10.8 percent were preceded by “Hold my beer.”

48 Cooper July 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Alcohol and alligators are a dangerous combination.

49 dearieme July 1, 2016 at 5:19 pm

It’ll begin to happen in Britain because Brexit.

50 Jan July 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm

But the Polish people will still stay. Strange, that.

51 Scott Gustafson July 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Living in Florida today, the operating assumption is that every body of water has a gator in it. The gator’s size is proportional to the size of the body of water. Here at our condo complex we have at least half a dozen ranging from about 3 feet to 10 feet not including the 13 that hatched behind our building last year. Everybody keeps their pets on a leash.

52 liza July 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

This.

If you have lived in Florida for more than a year, you know that every pond/lake/body of water probably has at least one gator in it. The thing is that gators generally don’t bother people. They stay in the water or on the banks of water probably 95-99% of the time, and they generally don’t charge at people who go walking by them in the lake….unless you’re getting too close and purposely putting yourself in harms way.

Also, I don’t get why anyone would ever want to wade in any pond/lake here in Florida. They are muddy, slimy brown waters. There are no clear, blue, pristine lakes here. I guess some of our springs are, but those are located in state parks/forests. The kind of water most people encounter in suburban Florida is pretty gross and unappealing.

53 MaximumLiberty July 3, 2016 at 11:58 am

And this. My first reaction to the story about the gator eating a kid at DisneyWorld was that the parents were at fault. “What kind of idiot wades in fresh water in Florida? That’s what pools are for.” By my better half, not from the south, looked at me like I was crazy. She had no expectation that every body of water in Florida has a gator in it. And the victim was from Nebraska. So I guess I had my perspective adjusted.

54 Donald Pretari July 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Gators getting golfers is a great way of thinning the herd efficiently.

55 Ted Craig July 2, 2016 at 7:16 am

Looking at the Wikipedia page of fatal alligator attacks, the only decade with more than 10 deaths was the ’00s, which coincides with the housing boom, of which an expansion of golf courses was a big factor.

56 Ted Craig July 2, 2016 at 7:19 am

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