Alligator Kills 83-Year-Old Woman

There are 43 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Oct 9, 2007, titled Alligator Kills 83-Year-Old Woman. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- An alligator attack killed an elderly woman whose mauled body was found in a pond, according to an autopsy performed Tuesday.

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The American Dream

Gilbert, SC

#1 Oct 9, 2007
welllllllll u know they out there!
JT Johnson

Paisley, FL

#2 Oct 9, 2007
On my way home yesterday morning (3:45AM) I noticed a large object in the road.(Highway 21-176 in the Sandyrun area of Calhoun county.)As I got closer it became apparent that it was a very large alligator, 10 to 12 feet long. I've been riding these roads for 20 years and I have never seen an alligator this far from water. Could the extreme drought have these critters looking for different water holes. He was laying right in front of someones house where children are present during daylight hours. Or is the abundance of alligators in the state now becoming a problem. We just had an attack at Santee Cooper last month and this woman in Georgia yesterday.

“loving life”

Since: Oct 07

Quantico, VA

#3 Oct 9, 2007
Not that I agree with killing an animal just for protecting it's own territory, but I do believe they should start thinning the deer and alligator population to prevent neighborhoods from being over run by animals searching for a dwindling food sources. My prayers go out to the woman and her family for this tragic event.
DMS

Columbia, SC

#4 Oct 10, 2007
How horrible. Condolences to her family.
mr hat

Cayce, SC

#5 Oct 10, 2007
I'm willing to bet that she didn't know how dangerous gators are since she's from Canada and she went over to try and pet it or to get a closer look and it attacked her.
columbia

Orangeburg, SC

#6 Oct 10, 2007
JT Johnson wrote:
On my way home yesterday morning (3:45AM) I noticed a large object in the road.(Highway 21-176 in the Sandyrun area of Calhoun county.)As I got closer it became apparent that it was a very large alligator, 10 to 12 feet long. I've been riding these roads for 20 years and I have never seen an alligator this far from water. Could the extreme drought have these critters looking for different water holes. He was laying right in front of someones house where children are present during daylight hours. Or is the abundance of alligators in the state now becoming a problem. We just had an attack at Santee Cooper last month and this woman in Georgia yesterday.
I'm curious to know if you contacted someone about the alligators, or did you ignore it and hoped and prayed it didn't attack anyone.
momof1

United States

#7 Oct 10, 2007
Condolences to the family of this lady.
Thera

United States

#8 Oct 10, 2007
Interesting that people don't want the deer and alligators coming into their neighborhoods, but they have no problem going into the deer and alligator's territory. Now they are searching for this alligator who attacked this woman and I am sure they will euthanize it. That is so sad that the alligator cannot tell his side of the story. Here is some advice: If you see a large animal (i.e. alligator, beer, moose, etc) don't go towards it, go the opposite way!!!
Thomas

West Columbia, SC

#9 Oct 10, 2007
Thera wrote:
Interesting that people don't want the deer and alligators coming into their neighborhoods, but they have no problem going into the deer and alligator's territory. Now they are searching for this alligator who attacked this woman and I am sure they will euthanize it. That is so sad that the alligator cannot tell his side of the story. Here is some advice: If you see a large animal (i.e. alligator, beer, moose, etc) don't go towards it, go the opposite way!!!
Unless you plan to eat it - then take careful aim :-)

“loving life”

Since: Oct 07

Quantico, VA

#10 Oct 10, 2007
Thera wrote:
Interesting that people don't want the deer and alligators coming into their neighborhoods, but they have no problem going into the deer and alligator's territory. Now they are searching for this alligator who attacked this woman and I am sure they will euthanize it. That is so sad that the alligator cannot tell his side of the story. Here is some advice: If you see a large animal (i.e. alligator, beer, moose, etc) don't go towards it, go the opposite way!!!
If I see a beer, I'm going to attack it full force and I hope it has plenty of friends for me to attack also.
oh please

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Oct 10, 2007
Thera wrote:
Interesting that people don't want the deer and alligators coming into their neighborhoods, but they have no problem going into the deer and alligator's territory. Now they are searching for this alligator who attacked this woman and I am sure they will euthanize it. That is so sad that the alligator cannot tell his side of the story. Here is some advice: If you see a large animal (i.e. alligator, beer, moose, etc) don't go towards it, go the opposite way!!!
Maybe she didn't see it. At 83, her eyes may not have been as good as yours. What do you think is the "alligator's side" of the story? "I was hungry, she got too close, I had lunch??"

Oh btw, exactly how big is the beer animal??
angel

United States

#12 Oct 10, 2007
that is pretty funny about the beer comment, just
Thera making a mistake in her spelling, that is okay. just thought that was funny about what Biker said.

My condolences also go out to this woman's family.
Julie

Jacksonville, FL

#13 Oct 10, 2007
biker wrote:
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If I see a beer, I'm going to attack it full force and I hope it has plenty of friends for me to attack also.
Now THAT would be a Kodak moment - you and your friends attacking a beer.
Rambling Man

Myrtle Beach, SC

#14 Oct 10, 2007
Bring back legal hunting of these beasts!
Thera

United States

#15 Oct 10, 2007
oh please wrote:
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Maybe she didn't see it. At 83, her eyes may not have been as good as yours. What do you think is the "alligator's side" of the story? "I was hungry, she got too close, I had lunch??"
Oh btw, exactly how big is the beer animal??
First of all, it is obvious that I meant bear and not beer. Thank you. Secondly, since there hasn't been an alligator killing a human situation in GA for the last 27 years that tells me something was amiss. Third the alligator did not eat the woman, it only attcked her. And why does any animal (including humans) attack? Most of the time it is because they feel threatened, or they feel their "family" or territory is threatened. I am sorry for her families loss and that this had to happen to a poor old woman, but 2 wrongs don't make a right.
Thera

United States

#16 Oct 10, 2007
biker wrote:
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If I see a beer, I'm going to attack it full force and I hope it has plenty of friends for me to attack also.
LOL.

“Lets take America Back!”

Since: Apr 07

America, U,S,A.

#17 Oct 10, 2007
Thera wrote:
Now they are searching for this alligator who attacked this woman and I am sure they will euthanize it.
I bet they will just shoot it.
Brown Starfish

United States

#18 Oct 10, 2007
I bet the old crone tasted like dried up beef jerky!
Thomas

West Columbia, SC

#19 Oct 10, 2007
Brown Starfish wrote:
I bet the old crone tasted like dried up beef jerky!
- that's a little overboard-
just attack a beer
Truth

United States

#20 Oct 10, 2007
biker wrote:
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If I see a beer, I'm going to attack it full force and I hope it has plenty of friends for me to attack also.
LOL Hey, is that your bike? I saw one just like it at Myrtle Beach bike week.

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