Man bit­ten in leg by al­li­ga­tor

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Local - By Tonya Alanez South Florida Sun Sen­tinel

A 30-year-old man in West Del­ray has been bit­ten in the leg by an al­li­ga­tor, wildlife au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day.

Dar­win Diaz was at Pero Fam­ily Farms along South State Road 7, just north of At­lantic Av­enue, when the al­li­ga­tor struck, said Carol Lyn Par­rish, spokes­woman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tive Com­mis­sion.

The 9-foot, 8-inch al­li­ga­tor’s bite was not life-threat­en­ing and the rep­tile was re­moved from the prop­erty, she said. The in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Palm Beach County Fire Res­cue paramedics re­sponded and took Diaz to the hos­pi­tal.

Se­ri­ous in­juries caused by al­li­ga­tors are rare in Florida, Parish said.

In Davie in June, a woman died in an at­tack by a 12-foot, 6-inch al­li­ga­tor. The woman was walk­ing her dogs at the time.

Peo­ple with con­cerns about an al­li­ga­tor are en­cour­aged to call FWC’s toll­free Nui­sance Al­li­ga­tor Hot­line at 866-392-4286. Wildlife of­fi­cials will dis­patch a con­tracted trap­per to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion.

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