PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. – A Florida woman was flown to a hospital after an alligator attack on the weekend.
A spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the woman, 26-year-old Nichole Tillman from Melbourne, was attacked by the alligator while swimming in a pond around. Saturday in an undeveloped part of western Brevard County.
Tillman had significant bite wounds on her leg and flank, but her injuries were described as not life-threatening, the spokesman said. After the attack, a staircase removed the almost 9 foot long alligator from the pond.
In a press release, the FWC stressed that alligator attacks in Florida are rare. FWC said cold-blooded alligators become more active in the spring and summer months as temperatures rise.
The department invited everyone with concerns over alligators in their community to call their Hot Alligator Hotline on the 866 FWC GATOR.