When Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast state of Louisiana two weeks before now, floodwaters from the storm launched one completely different hazard to residents: wildlife. 

A 12-foot-long alligator believed to have attacked a person in St. Tammany Parish was captured and killed on Monday and authorities discovered human stays in its abdomen. 


The parish coroner’s workplace and investigators had been working to look out out if the stays had been these of Timothy Satterlee, 71, who has been lacking on account of the Aug. 30 assault, in step with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Satterlee was attacked exterior of his residence contained in the New Orleans suburb of Slidell and authorities said that his accomplice had heard a splash and though she was prepared to pull her severely injured husband to the steps of their residence, when she used a small boat to get deputies nad returned he was gone.ss

The bigger than 500-pound ‘gator was captured inside the realm of Avery Estates, the police mentioned in a release.

“This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee family. I know today’s findings does not bring their loved one back, but hopefully this can bring them some sort of closure. I am very proud of the hard, non-stop work, of my deputies and the other agencies who assisted, and I hope their persistence in finding this alligator will help the family with coping with their loss. We will continue to keep them in our prayers,” Sheriff Randy Smith mentioned.

Since Ida, the Bayou State has been drenched with much more rain following Hurricane Nicholas and homes have acquired additional harm.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, there are bigger than 2 million wild alligators contained in the state and practically 1 million alligators on farms.

The agency notes that alligator trying has an extended historic earlier there courting as soon as extra to the 1800s.

Florida furthermore has bigger than 1,000,000 alligators and the creatures happen from southeast Oklahoma and east Texas to North Carolina and the Sunshine State, preferring freshwater lakes and slow-moving rivers.


Data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reveals that Florida has averaged 7 unprovoked bites per 12 months that are essential sufficient to require professional medical treatment over the past 10 years. 

From 1948 to 2019, 413 unprovoked chew incidents have occurred in Florida, the company mentioned, with 25 of these bites leading to human fatalities. 

While Outforia reports that almost all of Florida’s deaths come from alligator assaults, the opportunity of a Florida resident being critically injured all via an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly just one in 3.1 million.  

Unprovoked alligator assaults are comparatively uncommon, according to Live Science which mentioned CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) info confirmed alligators had killed merely 10 individuals contained in the Southeast from 1999 to 2019. 

In a breakdown of the variety of confirmed deadly assaults on people by eight of North America’s most harmful wild animals since 1970, Outforia mentioned alligators positioned fifth, with 53 deaths.

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The University of Florida mentioned that alligators are answerable for lower than 6% of deadly assaults by crocodilians worldwide, with merely 4% of assaults contained in the U.S. resulting in lack of life.

The college well-known that there isn’t any motive to counsel alligators actively hunt all via hurricanes.

The largest method to avoid a gator’s grasp is to avoid rivers and marshy habitats, Outforia mentioned.

The college says contained in the occasion of an assault, the sufferer should run in a straight line, poke the alligator contained in the eyes, punch and kick it all through the highest and attempt to induce a gag reflex by jamming objects behind its mouth. 

To forestall such an occasion from occurring, individuals and warned to swim solely in designated areas all via daylight, preserve pets away from water and maintain maintain vigilant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.