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A Daytona Beach man was bitten in the leg by a 7-foot, 10-inch alligator that surprise-attacked him at his front door on a Saturday night.
The man was said to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. Officials called a state-certified trapper, Curtis Lucas, to remove the alligator and, unfortunately, the alligator had to be euthanized.
According to Daytona Beach police spokesman, Carrie McCallister, the homeowner opened the front door after hearing a noise, thinking it was someone looking for his son.
“My son is 17, he sometimes brings over friends without permission so we thought he was trying to sneak somebody in. So I jumped up, headed over and opened the door,” he told Click Orlando.
When he went to the door to see who it was, he was attacked by the alligator that bit him in the upper thigh. The man said the gator shook him around for a few seconds before letting go and he retreated back into his home while the wild animal continued to hold its ground on the porch.
Authorities said the incident happened around 9:42 p.m. at 1124 Champions Drive, near a golf course off of LPGA Boulevard.
Video footage showed the man’s front porch and right beside the door there is a statue of a crane leading some to speculate that maybe that was the reason why the gator dragged its belly up to the porch in the first place.
Lucas noted that it’s also nearing mating season for alligators, so residents will see them out more often as they look for females and they are more aggressive during this time of the year.
He said, “They are out scouting looking for girls.”
It is important for residents to be aware of the presence of alligators, especially during this time of year.
Alligators are a common sight in Florida, particularly in and around waterways. While they are typically shy and will avoid human interaction, it is crucial to stay away from them and not attempt to feed them.
Alligators are wild animals and can be unpredictable, especially during mating season. Residents should keep their distance and immediately contact authorities if they spot an alligator in a residential area.