Woman Shoots Gator Attacking Her Dog

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This story is interesting:

"I was running on so much adrenaline," the 48-year-old former U.S. Marine aviation technician told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "I just freaked out and shot him _ boom, boom, boom, boom."

And then...

The deputy gave Frey a warning citation for hunting without a license.

Given the fact that gators have recently attacked and killed 3 people in Florida (although there is speculation that 1-2 of these attacks weren't "live"... i.e. someone murdered the victims and then fed their body to the gators) I was surprised to see anyone would so much as cite someone for shooting at one that aggressively came into their home. The authorities in Richmond killed the Maymont bears for attacking a child and they were far more contained than a lone gator that had the chutzpah to go into someone's home... I think the lady had the right idea!

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thegools said:

I cauht a three foot gator this past week in Georgia. It was easy. 3 feet is pretty small. I'd say the chick overreacted.

My guess is the gator was moving over land, stumbled into the house, was confronted by the dog and was defending itself.

In any case a small gator like that is no worse than an moderate sized iguana.

Sophrosyne said:

Maybe so... still why cite the lady for shooting it? (Not to make a bid deal out of all of this... just thought it was an interesting story).

thegools said:

Yes it is an unusual story. Thansk for posting. Still, gators like deer, ducks etc. are a game species in Florida and are protected as such.

Hunting without license or out of season is a big NO NO.

Being hysterical is another thing.

NoVA Scout said:

If the animal is in the house, I hardly see how it could be considered "hunting" It sounds like the issuing officer is a little overzealous. My bet is that she beats it (if I understand the facts correctly). Frankly, if a black rhino (not RINO) got into my house and my family were around, I'd shoot it and worry about the loss of the species and hunting permits later.

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