Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Woman walking dogs may have been ambushed by alligator

Woman walking dogs may have been ambushed by alligator

A Florida woman is believed to be dead after an alligator attack in Davie, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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.

The body of 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki was found in a lake in Davie, Florida, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said late Friday.

"It's not uncommon for her to go there", neighbor Peter Limia told the Sun Sentinel. Her dogs, one with a fresh wound, were taken to Broward County Animal and Care and Adoption.


The South Florida Sun-Sentinal reported that the Isla del Sol Homeowners Association in Plantation had issued an alligator warning to residents in an email, urging them to "exercise caution with our families and pets, mindful that alligators, snakes, and other wildlife may be in the area". "We will be conducting a thorough investigation into this incident".

Witnesses noticed that something had gone awry after they saw one of Matsuki's dogs barking at the edge of the water.

Park rangers found a huge alligator, and when they investigated it they found a woman's arm inside its stomach. Inside the animal, authorities found "evidence. that indicates that the victim of this incident was bitten by the alligator that was captured". The husband was rushing back to Florida and didn't even "know if she [was] alive or not" on Friday, the man said.

Jim Borelli, a friend of the family, also said that Matsuki and her husband have been known to walk their dogs in the park previously, and that while the couple didn't actually live in the neighbourhood, Matsuki enjoyed finding different places to walk their dogs. You can see them. While they are common today, over-hunting nearly drove American alligators to extinction in the 1950's.

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