FLORIDA - A woman was reportedly attacked Thursday, August 7 by an alligator at a Hillsborough County wilderness park in Florida.
Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to the John B. Sargeant Sr. Park in Thonotosassa.
Initial reports indicate two women visiting from Ohio were canoeing in the Hillsborough River around 1:45 p.m. when a 6-foot gator jumped out of the water and bit one of the women in a thigh and calf. The animal then went back into the water. The other woman called 911.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Aviation Unit initiated an aerial search and spotted women in the canoe, not far from the park's boat ramp. Rescue crews got into their own canoes and were able to perform first aid and bring them back to shore.
The victim was taken to Tampa General Hospital, with non-life threatening injuries. About 9 p.m. Thursday, the injured woman was released from the hospital.
"It's uncommon, specifically because as we know so far it was unprovoked," said Baryl Martin, spokesman for the Florida Wildlife and Conservation Commission.
Trappers were on their way to attempt to capture the gator and euthanize it.