Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Warning issued days before Florida woman attacked and killed by alligator

Warning issued days before Florida woman attacked and killed by alligator

Matsuki's body was found Friday in a lake in Davie, Florida, hours after she had gone missing. The Davie Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Matsuki was attacked near a lake, but details about the fatal incident have not been released. Lauderdale lake walking her two dogs, a witness told Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal, CBS News reported.

The Isla del Sol Homeowners Association in Plantation reportedly issued the wildlife alert on Wednesday in an email that urged residents to "exercise caution with our families and pets, mindful that alligators, snakes, and other wildlife may be in the area".

A 12ft 6in alligator was trapped and killed and an arm found in its stomach was matched to Matsuki via a tattoo.

Jim Borrelli, a friend of Matsuki, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously.

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Matsuki's body was discovered just before 10 p.m. Friday at the Silver Lakes Rotary Natural Park pond, said Robert Klepper, spokesman for the commission. No one witnessed the attack, but both of her dogs were found barking toward the lake.

Feeding wild alligators is illegal because they could lose their fear of humans.

According to the wildlife commission, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only 1 in 3.2 million. "After an initial necropsy, evidence was found that indicates that the victim of this incident was bitten by the alligator that was captured earlier today", the commission said in a statement, according to WPEC.

The most recent was in 2016, when 2-year-old Lane Graves was dragged into a lake by an alligator and killed while playing on the water's edge during a family vacation at a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando.

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