New Study: Men in Florida are the most likely to be bitten by Alligators.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, examined Alligator bite reports dating back to Y 1971 and found that adult men who are not tourists were the most attacked.
Adult men topped the list because they were more likely to get too close to the reptiles or to enter bodies of water where they lurk.
“Major injuries to victims occurred in 247 bite incidents,” the study said. “The estimated annual number of bites resulting in major injury to the victim increased from 3.5 to 7.0 during 1971–2014.” 22 of those bites were fatal.
Males were more frequently bitten than females, and by a big margin: 81.4 to 18.5%, according to the reports.
Of course, the best way to avoid being bitten is to simply stay out of the water, gators enjoy canals, retention ponds and other smaller bodies of water. If you are in the water and you see one, get out fast.
“They will surge up out of the water to the full length of their body,” the state biologist, 1 of the study’s authors, told reporters.
About 90% of all Alligator bites in the United States happen in Florida, according to the study.
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