Alligator Captured After Melbourne Attack In Crane Creek

Alligator captured in Melbourne following attack.
Alligator captured in Melbourne following attack. (Photo: Associated Press)

MELBOURNE, Florida – Florida wildlife officials believe they’ve captured and killed an alligator that attacked a homeless man in Melbourne, Florida on Tuesday.

Officials caught and killed two 11-foot-long alligators in Crane Creek, the exact area of where the attack occurred.

On Monday, Melbourne police were in the area conducting a training session when they heard a man screaming from the US-1 underpass.

Officers found the homeless man with deep puncture wounds to the shoulder. He is in stable condition.

While alligator attacks are on the rise this year, they aren’t naturally aggressive toward humans. Their natural instinct is to defend their territory or young if they detect a predator.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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