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Jul 31, 2008
 
Louisiana boy loses arm to alligator
The Associated Press • July 31, 2008

SLIDELL — An 11-foot-long alligator bit off an 11-year-old boy’s arm at the shoulder Wednesday, the St. Tammany sheriff’s office said.

Devin Funck and two girls were playing in a body of water about 3 p.m. at a subdivision near Slidell, about 20 miles northeast of New Orleans, when the alligator swam toward them and pulled the boy under, Sheriff Jack Strain said.

The alligator pulled Devin under water and bit off most of an arm, but the boy poked it in the eye and got free, relatives said.

The two girls with him made it to shore, ran for help and called 911. Three sheriff’s deputies on patrol drove as far as they could toward the lake then ran the final 1½ to help the boy out of the water, Strain said.

Devin was taken by 4-wheeler to a staging area where an ambulance picked him up and transported him to Slidell Memorial Hospital. The youngster later was flown by helicopter to Ochsner Foundation Hospital in Jefferson. Strain said the boy was “fighting for his life.”

“Our enforcement people reported the alligator had been shot,” said Bo Boehringer, a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department spokesman said.“The good news is the alligator was in an enclosed body of water and could not escape that area.”

Wildlife officials said they shot the alligator and recovered the boy’s arm largely intact from its belly. The limb was taken to the hospital, but relatives told The Times-Picayune they were unsure whether it could be successfully reattached.

Alligator attacks in Louisiana are rare, said Noel Kinler, manager of Wildlife and Fisheries’ alligator program. He said there was one last year and two in 2005 and 2004, none serious.

“Typically an alligator is pretty docile. But we take every chance to warn people that they need to be careful around them, especially large alligators.”

Kinler speculated an alligator as large as the one that attacked Devin might have mistaken the boy for something it would normally feed on.“I can’t say for sure, but certainly a young boy splashing his arms around could have seemed like a small animal to the gator.”

Louisiana has 65 qualified hunters who handle about 5,000 calls about nuisance alligators a year, Kinler said. Of those, about 3,000 alligators are destroyed, he said.“If an alligator is over 4 feet long, we try to harvest it. There is no sense in removing it and taking it somewhere else where it could just become a nuisance again.”
big boy

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Jul 31, 2008
 
has anyone had a close encounter with the gators in cane river or sibley lake?

I have seen them while fishing, cane river, sibley lake, and cleco lake.

The only one that came close was the one on sibley in cajun bayou area, it chased a buzz bait within 8 feet of my boat! it was about 5 to 6 feet long!

SWIMMERS BEWARE!
TOLEDO BEND

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Jul 31, 2008
 

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I have recently moved to Toledo Bend and when I say the lake is in my back yard i'm not playing. We have seen 3 gators in the water behind my house, we have 4 children ranging from 14 years to 4 years. We are very worried about these gators, when I called wildlife and fishery they said as long as the gators don't "hiss" at anyone or come out of the water and toward anyone it should be ok and that they "normally" don't just attack. I am sorry but with my children and the other children in my neighborhood if the things come out of the water I am shooting it. What happen to this kid is an example of what a gator can do when it's not being provoked since the wildlife people told me not to let my children throw things at it and everything should be ok. My children don't go near the water anymore because I am so worried that something may happen to them. Does anyone agree that if one of the gators comes to the bank that it should be shot?
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HELL YES IF IT COMES ON YOUR PROPERTY, I CONSIDER IT TRESSPASSING AND SHOULD BE SHOT AND THROW THE TAIL ON THE BBQ PIT!
Then the rest of them will think twice about comming there!
It is not like we have a shortage of them!
SOB

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Jul 31, 2008
 

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I have a problem with gators comming on my property at night. So, I learned a trick to keep them away. Light roman candles and shoot at them, it really freaks them out. I have not seen them in the yard in the last three weeks. I still go down to the bayou and shoot bottle rockets at them
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Does anyone else have an idea to keep them away?
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I'm curious to see if the kids had a dog with them. In some cases of gator attacks there has been a dog present. What happens is the dog usually runs ahead and gets his scent near the water. The gator gets the scent and is on the prowl. Just a thought.
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A few years ago while fishing on Sibley Lake I came across one that would allow me in my boat to following it around using my trolling motor. If I started the outboard, it would go under. It did this on numerous occasions, always in the same area. When I observed it following three people and their three dogs in the water, I notified them of the danger. A trapper failed to get him but it was later shot with the State’s permission while staking these same people and their dogs while they were walking along the lake bank. He was 13-½ feet. He apparently was attracted to the dogs. I live on and fish Cane River and see them on occasion. If I thought they were too much trouble or I was afraid of them, I wouldn’t live near the water. This is Louisiana. You can expect alligators and other such things. Killing one without permission is a very serious offense.
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Jul 31, 2008
 
big boy wrote:
has anyone had a close encounter with the gators in cane river or sibley lake?
I have seen them while fishing, cane river, sibley lake, and cleco lake.
The only one that came close was the one on sibley in cajun bayou area, it chased a buzz bait within 8 feet of my boat! it was about 5 to 6 feet long!
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HOOKED ABOUT AN 8 FOOTER UNDER PRATTS BRIDGE IN THE TOP OF THE HEAD WITH A RATTLE TRAP A FEW YEARS BACK.ROLLED UP ABOUT 20FT OF SPIDERWIRE,STRIPPED A FEW GEARS AND TOOK MY BESTEST TRAP.I HAVE A LITTLE HABIT OF SOMETIMES FALLING OUT OF THE BOAT,BUT THE DAY YOU COULD NOT HAVE MELTED ME AND POURED ME OUT OF IT.PULL YOUR TROLL MOTOR UP JUST CLOSE ENOUGH TO BREAK THE SURFACE OF THE WATER.LOLOLOL SEE WHAT HAPPENDS.IF THE SWIMMERS AND BOATERS KNEW HOW MANY WERE IN THE OLE CANE THERE WOULD BE A LOST LESS OF THEM FLOATING AROUND IN IT.DAMN GOOD EAT THOUGHT...
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Jul 31, 2008
 
Killing one without permission is a very serious offense.

Yeah, only if you get caught!
TOLEDO BEND

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Well I am sorry if it comes to my kids being attacked by a gator or me taking a chance of getting caught killing one well i'm sorry i'll just take the chance. Just imagine what this 11 year old is going through, thank God he's even alive, i'm sorry but I don't want my children or anyone elses to have to go through something like that because "killing a gator is a serious offense". The comment about them being attracted to dogs, we have 2 dogs and my neighbor has 2 wonder if thats why they're coming around? Look I reached out for help from the wildlife people and they don't want to offer any so I guess if it comes to the killing of a gator or a gator killing one of my kids, it will be GOOD BYE GATOR!!!
SOB

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Jul 31, 2008
 
I have a walker hound and when she started barking on night, I walked outside and there were 3 in the yard. when i shined the flashlight on them they began to run for the bayou, about 50 yards. They can run about 25 miles per hour. So best thing is to not try outrun them. That is when i started shooting bottle rockets at them in the bayou, it keeps them out of the yard, at least for a few days. but when they are hungry they will come back. I was told you can shoot one in the eye with a 22 rifle and they will go away and die. it is also quiet as a firecracker. eyes are usally red at night with a flashlight on them, just what i heard.
SooBlessed

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Jul 31, 2008
 
Come on people..Lets pray for this child...not waste precious time,wondering if an alligator should be shot or not...

“U JUST CAN'T FIX STUPID”

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Jul 31, 2008
 
Doctors were unable to reattach Devin's arm. A fund has been set up at Capitol One Bank in Devins name. (Devin Funck) Donations will help pay for future surgeries, prosthetics and other expenses that may incur. But most important, please pray for him as he has a long recovery ahead of him.
big boy

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Aug 1, 2008
 
SooBlessed wrote:
Come on people..Lets pray for this child...not waste precious time,wondering if an alligator should be shot or not...
The gator in question was shot.
I know this child has suffered.
The problem is who will be next!
Years ago it was uncommon to see a gator,
these days I can take you and show you where they are, they usally stay around the same area.
They are all over Louisiana, and they seem to multiply quickly! And whenever a gator or shark attacks a human you hear, OH, they thought it was something they eat, YEAH, they will eat anything splashing in the water! They should let us thin them out, one per hunter! Then they will have enough food for them to stay away from new types of food, PEOPLE!
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Aug 1, 2008
 
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Aug 1, 2008
 
U WNT SAY IT 2 HER FACE wrote:
Doctors were unable to reattach Devin's arm. A fund has been set up at Capitol One Bank in Devins name.(Devin Funck) Donations will help pay for future surgeries, prosthetics and other expenses that may incur. But most important, please pray for him as he has a long recovery ahead of him.
How awful. Is he kin to the Funcks in Colfax. So sad for a child to have to deal with.
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Aug 1, 2008
 
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<quoted text>How awful. Is he kin to the Funcks in Colfax. So sad for a child to have to deal with.
All I can say is that is one tough 11 year old, first he poked the gator in the eye, and then he stayed alive after losing his arm! If I was him I'd kill every Gator I see, for the rest of my life. Those gators are killing machines!
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Aug 2, 2008
 
Here is another Gator staking people at another place:

11-foot gator pulled from Spillway recreation area popular with picnic-goers
An 11-foot, 2-inch-long alligator was pulled from the Bonnet Carre Spillway recreation area in Norco Friday morning.

"It was near the picnic area and it wasn't afraid of people, so we had it taken out," Park Ranger Skip Jacobs said.

Because the alligator was not afraid of humans, it had to be killed, said St. Charles Parish Nuisance Animal Control Officer Kenny Schmill.

Spillway manager Chris Brantley said the gator is the largest on record to be removed from the spillway. The previous record was a 10-foot- 8inch long alligator captured last year.

Brantley said the gator may have been attracted to chicken necks used as bait by crabbers or by food and garbage left over by people who picnic in the area.

"Once they get used to that human food, they stick around waiting for it," said Brantley, a biologist by training.

There is an annual gator harvesting program in the spillway in order to thin their ranks in the busiest recreation areas.

Schmill said this is the busiest time of the year for alligator activity.

The large gator was taken from the spillway two days after an 11-year-old boy lost an arm after being attacked by a large alligator while he was swimming in a lake in the Slidell area.
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We were considering moving to Hemphill, until we decided to check out the possibility of gators and found this post...
Not so sure anymore, as the lake was the one of the reasons to get away from the hot summers. Our 5 children are between 1 - 9 years old.(5 min walk from property)
I feel that since these animals are not "endangered" they are fair game. Problem is, legislation takes sometime to change. If there is a large population, you have to wait to thin em' out. If we saw a gator anywhere near where we lived, I would have a strong inclination to shoot em'too...
I'd rather bury or eat a gator then bury my child or loved one.
I understand that these animals have been around for 1,000's of years but unlike the White Tiger, they still have very large numbers and will probably be around for another 1,000.
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Jun 20, 2011
 
they should have troy and elizabeth on that gator ass they some real swamp people unlike all this fake ass wanna be cajuns in natchitoches just cause you from the river dont make you no cajun just because you dont know what color you are dont assume you are cajun either

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