Divers search pond after reported gator attack


"This tragedy is heartbreaking for everyone involved, and our honest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this time", the FCW said in a statement. News media earlier reported a caller told police he saw a gator drag a woman into the water as she was walking her dogs.

Maria Raeaoso, whose home sits on one of two lakes in the park, says her poodle disappeared a year ago and she wonders if a gator is to blame.

Jim Borrelli, a friend of Matsuki, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously. A witness who had seen Matsuki walking with her dogs checked back to see the dogs unattended.

It said the Commission will be conducting a thorough investigation into the incident, but didn't provided additional details.

"Her dogs won't leave the pond", Davie Police Maj.

Divers could be seen entering the lake, in the 600 block of Southwest 52nd Street, Friday afternoon where FWC officials confirmed they had captured a large gator.

Matsuki was walking her dogs at the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park when the alligator attacked, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Broward County Animal Care officers, the Broward medical examiner, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were all at the scene.

A trapper hired by authorities removed a 12-foot-6-inch alligator from the pond and killed it. A missing woman in Florida is suspected to be chomped off by an alligator in the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Florida.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, the state has averaged five unprovoked alligator bites yearly since 1948.

Ramsaran noted that there are many alligators in this lake but said there aren't signs warning the public that these animals are in the area.

The alligator believed to be responsible for the attack was captured and killed.

The most recent death in Florida happened in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy was snatched by an alligator while playing in a lagoon at a Disney resort.

There has not been a significant trend in alligator attacks in the past decade, the FWC reports.