Florida is home to more than a million alligators, but alligator-caused injuries to humans are relatively rare. There were 224 major unprovoked alligator bites reported from 1948 through 2011, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and they resulted in 22 fatalities. There also were 111 minor unprovoked bites reported. It is against the law to feed wild alligators in Florida, because feeding increases the risk of alligator bites.
More about alligators:
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission considers unprovoked bites to be those by wild alligators that were not provoked by being handled or intentionally harassed.
- As of 2008, a crocodile named "Gustave" in Burundi is believed to have killed more than 300 people.
- In 2007, the Florida's Nuisance Alligator Program received 13,000 calls about "nuisance alligators." These are defined as alligators that are more than 4 feet (1.2 m) long and that authorities deem as posing a threat to humans, pets or property. The program contracts with private contractors to trap these alligators.