Dog killed by alligator in Intracoastal Waterway
2012-06-30 11:34:00 -0700
Where: Flagler Beach, FL
A 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever was killed by an alligator in the Intracoastal Waterway about a mile south of the State Road 100 bridge in Flagler, Florida.
"I put down his ladder and away he went to play and wait for me to join him in the water," Larry Madama, a Palm Coast resident for four years and an avid boater. He said his boat was anchored about 20 yards from shore in a "popular channel."
"(Louie) started barking. When I looked to the right of him, I was shocked to see a huge 15-foot 'gator approaching him. Louie tried to bark his way out of it, but the gator grabbed him, (dragged) him under the water and drowned him."
The incident occurred on May 17. Madama asked Flagler County Commission to erect signs warning of the dangers of alligators in the Intracoastal Waterway. County officials will be installing signs in all of the county's parks that have ponds, lakes and boat launches beginning in July.
Madama said he was unaware that the alligators roamed in the Intracoastal given the saltiness of the water.
Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say alligators are found in all 67 Florida counties and can be found in nearly any body of water, including saltwater.
Drought, mating season and floods can all cause alligators to move away from their preferred areas as well.
The wildlife commission regularly sends out informational releases about the potential dangers of the state's wildlife. The top recommendation is keeping pets away from the water. The also state that dogs often attract an alligator's interest, so do not swim with your dog.
If a dog is attacked by an alligator, calls can be made to a statewide nuisance alligator hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).