Warning issued days before Florida woman attacked and killed by alligator

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

Authorities worked Friday to capture an alligator in a Florida pond after a witness' report led police to believe the animal may have dragged a woman into the water.

Shizuka Matsuki, 47, of Plantation, Fla., was walking her dogs on Friday in Davie, according to Officer Ronald Washington of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, when the attack occurred.

Two days before a south Florida woman was killed by an alligator, an emailed warning about a gator was sent out to homeowners in the waterfront community where she lived.

Video shown by WKMG-TV shows a Florida Fish and Wildlife trapper putting the 8-foot gator in the back of a truck. Dale Engle said. "One of her dogs got bit by the gator".

The woman was last seen walking her dogs near Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park near Ft. "The FWC will be conducting a thorough investigation into this incident", he said.

Friends also said Matsuki's husband had warned her to stay clear of the lake area because he previously spotted alligators there.

"It's not uncommon for her to go there", neighbor Peter Limia told the Sun Sentinel.

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The dogs didn't want to leave the lake and were being cared for by Broward County Animal Care and Adoption, WSVN said.

The warning from the neighborhood association about alligators in the water may have prompted her to change things up and go to a lake farther away.

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

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.

"She probably thought that Lake was [a] safer alternative, after so many gators have been showing up around here lately".

A 2-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in 2016.

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