Woman attacked by alligator while canoeing near Tampa

Thonotosassa, Fla. -- A woman was reportedly attacked by an alligator at a Hillsborough County wilderness park on Thursday.

Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to the John B. Sargeant Sr. Park, located at 12702 Highway 301 in Thonotosassa.

Initial reports indicate two women were canoeing in the Hillsborough River around 1:45 p.m. when a 6-foot gator suddenly jumped out of the water and bit one of the women in the leg. The animal then retreated back into the water.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Aviation Unit initiated aerial search and spotted women in the canoe, not far from the park's boat ramp.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Trappers may come out to try and capture the gator.


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