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The creatures are active in Louisiana, Florida and the Southeast.

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When Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast state of Louisiana two weeks ago, floodwaters from the storm brought another threat to residents: wildlife.

A 12-foot-long crocodile believed to have attacked a man in St Tammany Parish was captured and killed on Monday and authorities found human remains in his stomach.

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Louisiana: Human remains found inside crocodile suspected of killing man in floodwaters of Ida

Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the parish coroner’s office and investigators were working to determine whether the remains belonged to Timothy Satterley, 71, who has been missing since the August 30 attack.

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Sutterley was attacked outside his home in New Orleans, a suburb of Slidell. officials said that his wife had heard a splinter and that although she was able to drag her seriously injured husband up the stairs of their house, when she returned the deputy Nad using a small boat, he was gone.

Police said a gator worth more than £500 was caught in the area of ​​the Avery Estate release.

“This is a terrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathies are with the Satterley family. I know today’s findings don’t bring their loved one back, but hopefully it can bring them some sort of closure. Hurt me, Very proud of non – stop work, my deputy and other agencies assisted, and I hope their persistence in finding this crocodile will help the family cope with their loss. We will continue to keep them in our prayers ,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.

Since Ida, the bayou state has been drenched with even more rain after Hurricane Nicholas and further damage to homes.

According to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and FisheriesThere are more than 20 lakh wild gharials in the state and about 10 lakh alligators are on the farms.

The agency notes that crocodile hunting has a long history dating back to the 1800s.

Florida also has over a million alligators and the fauna is found from southeast Oklahoma and eastern Texas to North Carolina and the Sunshine State, preferring freshwater lakes and slow-moving rivers.

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data from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows that Florida has reported an average of 7 unprovoked bites per year that are severe enough to require professional medical treatment in the past 10 years.

From 1948 to 2019, there have been 413 unprovoked bites happened in floridaOf those, 25 bites resulted in human deaths, the agency said.

whereas outforia report That the majority of Florida deaths are from crocodile attacks, the chance of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is only about one in 3.1 million.

Unprovoked crocodile attacks are relatively rare, according to live science Which states that data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) shows that alligators killed just 10 people in the Southeast from 1999 to 2019.

In a breakdown of the number of fatal attacks on humans by North America’s eight most dangerous wild animals since 1970, Outforia said crocodiles rank fifth with 53 deaths.

NS University of Florida said that crocodiles are responsible for less than 6% of fatal attacks by alligators worldwide, with only 4% of attacks leading to death in the US.

The university notes that there is no reason to suggest crocodiles are actively hunting during storms.

Outforia said the best way to avoid gator’s catch is to stay away from rivers and marshy habitats.

The school says that in the event of an attack, the victim should run in a straight line, hit the alligator in the eye, punch around his head and jam objects in the back of his mouth to induce the gag reflex. should try.

To prevent such incidents from happening, people are warned to swim only in designated areas in broad daylight, keep pets away from water and remain alert.


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