Gator bites Georgia woman fishing in Shipyard lagoon

astice@islandpacket.comMay 30, 2012 

A Georgia woman fishing in a lagoon at Egret Point in Shipyard Plantation was bitten on the foot by an alligator Monday, and the 8-foot reptile still is on the loose.

The woman's son told deputies he saw the gator grab his 55-year-old mother's left foot when she was on the bank with her fishing pole at about 8 p.m., according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report. He pulled her to safety.

Paramedics tended to the woman, and her injuries did not require hospitalization, according to the report.

Critter Management was unable to catch the gator because of the gathering darkness, said Matt Kraycar, who works for the local animal-control company. By midnight Monday, when trappers gave up, the gator had twice broken free of hooks and lines, Kraycar said.

Critter Management planned to trap the creature Tuesday, but when they arrived they discovered five or six other gators in the lagoon, Kraycar said.

"At this point, if we catch one," he said, "we don't know if it will be the right one."

Alligators don't typically attack unless they've been fed by humans. Kraycar said it wasn't clear whether the woman was on the bank or if she had her feet in the water when she was fishing at dusk.

Attempts Wednesday to reach the woman for comment were unsuccessful.

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