MELBOURNE, Florida - A homeless Florida man was bitten by an alligator around 9:15 a.m. on Monday near Crane Creek in Melbourne, Florida.
Melbourne Police discovered the man who suffered lacerations to his shoulder as a result of the alligator attack by Promenade Park. Police then radioed to dispatch for the Melbourne Fire Department to respond.
Upon arrival, fire rescue crews issued a trauma alert and transported the man to Holmes Regional Medical Center. The man's current condition has not yet been released.
Police also called out Florida Fish and Wildlife officials to investigate the alligator attack. FWC officers arrived on scene within minutes of the call.
Alligator attacks in Brevard County, Florida are not uncommon. Just last year, a Palm Bay man was eaten by an alligator while trying to hide from Brevard County Sheriff's deputies.
Alligators are opportunistic predators with an indiscriminate appetite that includes fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and even fruit.
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