Florida alligator attack facts

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.

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Staying away from alligators may prevent alligator attacks.

I don't know, I'm skeptical.

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

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

Men - they taste like chicken!

The gators must not like the taste of women.

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.

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

"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.

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

Isn't it a New York problem.

"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.

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

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.

And the cheerleaders can dress up to look like Divine.

Er. uh, maybe not, no.

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

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?

All the gold in Venezuela has been squandered.

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

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.

Was there a cannibal Indian tribe that ate Seminoles?

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.

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.

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.

Don't forget the brain-eating amoebae.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/billboard-warns-brain-eating-amoeba-florida-family-loses/story?id=40217682

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

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

And raw cookie dough.

Disney has a history with brain-eating amoebae.

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

Alligators and amoebae, oh my!

The alligators have to eat too.

Ouch.

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

Train the gator to retrieve the golf balls.

Train Haitians to retrieve the golf balls.

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.

" 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

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

"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.

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.

Don't forget to stay away from Ikea furniture!

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

That should be 24 in the US, not Florida.

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

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)

"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.

"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.

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

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.

"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."

Alcohol and alligators are a dangerous combination.

It'll begin to happen in Britain because Brexit.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

By the way, it lists more than 24 deaths:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_alligator_attacks_in_the_United_States

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