Alligator That Bit Florida Teen's Head Is Trapped and Killed
Yesterday we told you about a Seminole County teen who was bitten on the head by an alligator while he and his friends frolicked in the local swimming hole. The teen kicked something he thought was a log, which ended up being an alligator. Not liking to be kicked, the gator bit the teen in the head.
The teen survived with a few puncture wounds on his head that had to be stitched up.
As for the alligator: He was tracked down by a local trapper, hunted, and killed.
Because what business is it of a wild animal going around biting things they find threatening in their habitat?
That'll learn ya, alligator!
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the alligator was hunted down in the Little Big Econ State Forest park where it had attacked 17-year-old Andrew Hudson.
The gator, which turned out to be a 12-footer, showed little fear toward the trapper who was sent to hunt it down.
The trapper laid out some bait, and the alligator fell for it. It was trapped and then killed.
An FWC spokesperson says it is very likely the same gator that bit Hudson (although if it wasn't, then that would totally suck for this alligator).
According to the report, the alligator will be processed for its meat and hide.
It may seem like a cruel thing to go and hunt down and kill an animal like this. But experts say that a wild animal that shows aggression toward humans needs to be put down to avoid future attacks.
At the same time, what business is it of these teens to have been swimming in the gator's habitat and kicking it (even if it was accidental)? Some would say it's not the alligator's fault that Hudson put his head near the alligator's face after kicking it.
But this is the way it is. The fact that the gator showed no fear toward the trapper was more proof that it probably had to be put down, as sad and unfair as that might seem.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says no more alligators will be trapped at the Little Big Econ State Forest Park.
Unless, of course, another person goes and kicks an alligator, thus forcing it to defend itself in its own habitat with its teeth.
Maybe that's the problem, alligators. Next time, try addressing your problems with the humans by talking it out first, before you go around biting people in the head.
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