Alligator hunter sent to swamp to ‘find and kill’ beast that savaged girl, 13

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An alligator trapper has been dispatched to a remote stretch of Florida swamp with instructions to hunt and possibly destroy a creature that savaged a 13-year-old girl.

The teenager was attacked at the Hardee County paddle boat ramp by an alligator that sank back into the water after biting her.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have refused to give precise details on the girl's injuries but have said it is a 'bite incident.'

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Police say the shocking attack happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, near Gardner Boat Ramp in Zolfo Springs.

The ramp is about 90 miles southeast of Tampa and the waters are known to be home to large alligators that sometimes stalk canoes.

The identity of the girl has not been released, nor have any particulars as to what she was doing at the time.

Though according to, the stretch of the swamp is a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing and rafting, despite the risk of alligators.

A spokesman for the FWC said after the attack: "The FWC responded to the scene and a 13-year-old female was transported to the hospital with injuries, but is stable.

“A contracted nuisance alligator trapper has been dispatched to the scene.”

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Once the gator trapper arrives at the swamp, FWC officials say they will need to track and confront the beast.

If it is small, it's thought the gator will be stunned and taken to a less-populated area.

However, it is a large beast, the trapper has been told to eliminate the threat.

Amazingly, alligators can grow to more than 12 feet in length and weigh over 1000 pounds (450kg).

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