Alligator Attacks on Humans in Florida

Accounts of reported alligator attacks in Florida are summarized and examined for evidence of patterns that might explain the causes ofalligator attacks. Twenty-two such incidents were found. Three were provoked, circumstances surrounding 3 were unclear, and the other 16 appeared to be unprovoked attacks. Attacks occurred during the warmer months, usually during late afternoon. Most victims were Florida residents between 9 and 16 years old, most were standing in water or swimming, and none were feeding the alligators at the time ofattack. All except one victim were unaware of the alligator's presence at the time of the attack.

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