COPELAND, Fla.- A 90-year-old woman, who has been identified as Margaret Webb, was bitten by an alligator near the intersection of State Road 29 and County Road 837, about two and a half miles north of U.S. 41.
Margret Webb was on the water’s edge of a canal along the front of her house when a 7’ to 8’ alligator grabbed her left leg and pulled her in the water. Dwain Daniels was driving by the scene at that time and observed the victim in the water. Mr. Daniels pulled the victim out of water, during this the alligator came back to the water’s edge 3 more times. The victim’s son, James Webb, arrived and they both noticed her leg was damaged severely.
Mr. Daniels took out a .22 magnum rifle and shot the alligator between the eyes when the alligator had come back onto the bank. After the alligator was shot it submerged and disappeared into the water. It is unknown whether the alligator was hit.
The victim was transported by Med Flight to Fort Myers Hospital Trauma Unit. The victims left leg was amputated from the knee down and she had received another bite on her right leg. She is currently in stable, but critical, condition.
After investigating the status of the gator, the FWC made the following statement:
The alligator may be seriously wounded or dead. As a result, it is unlikely we will ever locate or recover this alligator. There is also a swift current which has likely taken the live, wounded, or dead gator miles downstream by now.
We will continue to monitor the situation and take further action as warranted.