Talk:List of fatal alligator attacks in the United States by decade

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I need the help of other Wikipedians: According to several sources [1], [2], [3], [4] there have been 21 fatal alligator attacks in Florida and two in Georgia since 1948. I found the October 2007 Georgia attack and all 21 Florida attacks and put them in the article; however, I can't find any information on the earliest Georgia fatal attack anywhere on the web, except that it happened between 1948 and 1980.

No fatal attacks in Texas or South Carolina have ever been reported (these two states publish their statistics), but I haven't found much of anything about past attacks in the other states where gators live, namely Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi or Louisiana. Louisiana has a bunch of gators — 1.5 million — same relative number as Florida. It's hard for old Hoke to believe that Florida has had 21 fatal attacks and Louisiana hasn't had any. That seems to defy logic. Something must have happened there. Any help supplementing the content of this article would be greatly appreciated. --Hokeman 03:34, 15 May 2006 (UTC). Comment updated --Hokeman (talk) 17:26, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

I live in South Florida and what has happened down here is the filling in and development of the Everglades at an insane rate. I don't have maps of the attacks or anything like that, but whenever they are shown on the news they usually take place in areas that two years ago were wilderness. The people who move out there tend to forget that. CClio333 03:39, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

Keep up the good work

There are no recorded instances of a fatal alligator attack in Louisiana (Third section of article). The most recent attack in Louisiana that I can think of is this one two years ago. That was by far the most violent attack in this state that I can remember. The location where that attack occurred (near Slidell) has similar conditions to much of Florida: a large amount of new suburban home construction in or near swampland, encroaching on the gators' habitat.--Boznia 17:43, 11 June 2010 (UTC)


I have read a few (one or two) accounts of non-fatal alligator attacks in Alabama. They record oral traditions and cannot be considered reliable. The only reported fatality I know of is in the 1934 book Stars Fell on Alabama by Carl Carmer. He writes of a very young girl who was killed and eaten by a notorious livestock-killing alligator that no one could trap or kill. It's fair to assume that Carmer took liberties with the story, and the girl is not named. -- Rob C. alias Alarob 03:55, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Merge question[edit]

  • Merge. The Florida list (which is currently empty) should definitely be merged with this U.S. list. -- Rob C. alias Alarob 03:57, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Merge. This would eliminate redundancy.--Hokeman 03:59, 23 October 2007 (UTC)