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Homeowners association issued gator warning before attack

Homeowners association issued gator warning before attack

The body of 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki was found in a lake in Davie, Florida, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said late Friday. The arm may have belonged to a woman who was walking her dogs in the park where the alligator lived, and who is now presumed dead.

Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Robert Klepper told the Palm Beach Post the agency has received 11 calls about alligator activity in the Silver Lake Rotary Nature Park area since 2005. Inside the animal, authorities found "evidence. that indicates that the victim of this incident was bitten by the alligator that was captured".

Her body was recovered the next day.

According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Isla del Sol Homeowners Association sent an email to its residents shortly after the six-foot gator was trapped.

Police in Davie, Fla., are searching for a missing woman who may have been attacked by an alligator. Matsuki's dog was also injured, with a "gash" on its side that was consistent with an alligator bite.

The warning came just after a 6-foot alligator was found near a resident's front door. "We will be conducting a thorough investigation into this incident", the commission tweeted.




It is not known if Matsuki received the warning.

A passerby saw Matsuki's with her dogs near the shoreline about 9:45 a.m. Friday, police said.

"It's not uncommon for her to go there", neighbor Peter Limia told the Sun Sentinel.

Jeff Polhman, Davie's Assistant Director of Parks, said to the newspaper that trappers had been hired within the last 18-24 months in a bid to capture the alligator, but they had not had any success.

Before Matsuki's death, the most recent fatality was in June 2016, when a Nebraska boy whose family was visiting the Walt Disney World Resort was snatched by an alligator and pulled into a lake at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.


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