Are Florida alligator attacks on the rise?
Recently NBC-2 reported a story about a 13-year-old girl who was attacked by an alligator in De Soto County. She narrowly escaped the alligator’s jaws by fighting off the beast. Not an easy feat for a kid her size. But are these attacks becoming more frequent here in Florida?

Gator Attacks By Numbers:

According to the Florida Conservation Commission, there were an average of six unprovoked alligator bites per year between 1948 and 2021, totaling 442 incidents in Florida. 26 of those bites resulted in death, making one fatality occur almost every three years.

The Odds:

There is a 1 in 3.1 million risk that here in Florida you will sustain significant injuries in an unprovoked alligator attack. To put that into perspective, if you were visiting Yellowstone National Park, you have a higher likelihood of being attacked by a grizzly bear.

How to Escape an Alligator:

First off, stay away from them. If you see one, do not approach them. Those guys can run up to 35 miles an hour on land. The average person runs 8 MPH. Do the math. I don’t care what kind of sneakers you’re wearing. God help you if they’re alligator shoes. That will really make them mad.
So what do you do if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation when you’re in a confrontation with an alligator?  Experts from the University of Florida advise running straight ahead. According to experts, you should jab an attacking alligator in the eyes and kick and strike it in the head. Grab anything nearby. By shoving things into the back of a gator’s mouth, you can make it gag. When the gator tries to relocate the prey in its mouth, you have an opportunity to get away.
So there you have it. The odds of being attacked by a water Godzilla here in SWFL are still very low. But Never say never. Be careful out there.