Florida man seriously injured after alligator attack

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man was hospitalized with serious injuries in an alligator attack off the state’s west coast Wednesday night.

Sarasota ABC affiliate WWSB reports that 43-year-old Eric Merda of Sarasota was bitten by an alligator at Lake Manatee Fish Camp in eastern Manatee County, citing the county sheriff’s office and the County Sheriff’s Office. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

Authorities dispatched an alligator hunter to the scene, the station reports.

Wednesday’s attack occurred just one county north of where two alligators attacked and killed a woman less than a week earlier. The elderly woman reportedly fell into the pond at a golf course in southern Sarasota County on Friday.

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