The deputies said it was mating season and Floridians should be careful near bodies of water and vegetation where alligators might nest.
NAPLES, Florida. A man was rushed to a nearby hospital Thursday morning after a nearly 7-foot alligator bit him on the leg as he walked around the Naples area.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook that the man was walking around Forest Glen and the golf course just after 5 a.m. when an alligator “came up and bit his leg.”
The 6ft 9in female alligator was safely captured and removed from the community, though not before she tried to escape to a nearby lake, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputies reported that the wounded man was taken by medical helicopter to the hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.
The sheriff’s office said the alligators are now mating season and residents should be careful in water and vegetation where the alligator may have a nest.
It is not known if this female alligator had a nest near the site of the attack, deputies said.
“Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn, so plan accordingly to reduce the chance of encountering them,” CCSO said.