When Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast state of Louisiana two weeks ago, flood waters from the storm brought another danger to residents: wildlife.
A 12-foot-long alligator that allegedly attacked a man in St. Tammany Parish was captured and killed on Monday and authorities found human remains in his stomach.
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The parish coroner’s office and investigators were working to determine whether the remains were those of Timothy Satterlee, 71, missing since the Aug. 30 attack, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Satterlee was attacked outside his home in the New Orleans suburb of Slidell and authorities said his wife heard splashing and although she was able to drag her severely injured husband to the steps of their house, when she used a small boat to get the nad deputies came back he was gone.ss
The 500-pound alligator was captured in the Avery Estates area, police said in a statement.
“This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy go out to the Satterlee family. I know today’s discoveries do not bring their loved one back, but I hope it can provide some kind of closure for them. . I am very proud of the hard, non-stop work, of my assistants and other agencies who have helped, and I hope their persistence in finding this alligator will help the family cope with their loss. keep in our prayers, ”Sheriff Randy Smith said.
Since Ida, Bayou state has been inundated with even more rain from Hurricane Nicholas and houses have suffered further damage.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, there are over 2 million wild alligators in the state and nearly one million alligators on farms.
The agency notes that alligator hunting there has a long history dating back to the 1800s.
Florida is also home to over a million alligators, and the creatures occur from southeast Oklahoma and eastern Texas to North Carolina and Sunshine State, preferring the Lakes of fresh water and low-flow rivers.
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Data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows that Florida has recorded an average of 7 unprovoked bites per year that are severe enough to require professional medical treatment over the past 10 years.
From 1948 to 2019, 413 unprovoked bite incidents occurred in Florida, the agency said, with 25 of those bites resulting in the man’s death.
While Outforia reports that the majority of deaths in Florida come from alligator attacks, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured in an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is only around. one in 3.1 million.
Unprovoked alligator attacks are relatively rare, according to Live Science, which said data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed alligators killed only 10 people in the southeast from 1999 to 2019.
In a breakdown of the number of confirmed fatal attacks on humans by eight of North America’s most dangerous wild animals since 1970, Outforia said alligators ranked fifth, with 53 deaths.
The University of Florida said alligators are responsible for less than 6% of fatal crocodilian attacks worldwide, with just 4% of attacks in the United States resulting in death.
The university noted that there was no reason to suggest that alligators actively hunt during hurricanes.
The best way to avoid an alligator’s grip is to stay away from rivers and swampy habitats, Outforia said.
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The school says that in the event of an attack, the victim should run in a straight line, poke the alligator in the eye, punch and kick it around the head, and try to induce a gag reflex by wedging objects in the back of his mouth.
To prevent such an event from happening, people and warned to swim only in designated areas during the day, keep pets away from the water and remain vigilant.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.