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We all know it’s important to “keep your distance” from an alligator, but how much distance exactly? She’s an award-winning journalist from Kansas who has worked for newspapers in Missouri, Illinois, and South Carolina before making the switch to FITS. “While there is no evidence that any of the fatal encounters involved alligators that were fed, feeding alligators is illegal and can result in animals that associate people with food, which increases the likelihood of negative interactions,” Hart said. Want to contact Mandy? The Department of Natural Resources said they received a call from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office around 4:45 p.m. Saturday after someone called 911 saying an alligator was laying on top of someone. As more people move into S.C. land already occupied by an estimated 100,000 alligators, can alligators and humans better learn to coexist? “Generally, alligators do not chase people,” Hart said. Dottie Lindsay with the coroner’s office identified John Elias, 79, following the alligator attack on Kiawah Island. “So relocating a problematic alligator is really just moving the problem around.”. KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities say a woman was found dead following an encounter with an alligator on Kiawah Island Friday afternoon. This recent attack occurred during mating season for alligators in South Carolina. When police asked if she had alcohol or drugs, the friend said Covert came over with a glass of wine and that’s all she saw her drinking. According to DNR, the coroner’s office says it appears to be a white male in his 80s. According to The Post and Courier, Cynthia Covert was over at a friends house to do her nails before the attack happened. That’s not really a thing. The friend apparently told investigators that Covert was not acting like her normal self, and seemed more talkative than she typically was at the salon she worked at. If so, you're not alone. “When Covert was doing her nails on the porch she saw the alligator in the pond and was fascinated,” the report said. Can alligators and humans co-exist? The first reported fatal alligator attack in South Carolina occurred in 2016 when a 90-year-old Charleston woman wandered away from an assisted living facility and was attacked in a nearby lagoon. “They should always be respected as such. Humans are not a natural prey source for alligators, but they can occasionally confuse people for other animals. Send your story ideas, comments, suggestions and tips to [email protected]. Two weeks ago, an alligator dragged a South Carolina woman into a lagoon and drowned her to death. “Alligators do not hunt on land,” SCDNR experts told FITSNews. Coroner Rae Wooten reportedly said 57-year-old Cynthia Covert’s official cause of death is “drowning and the manner of death was an accident.”. She died by drowning, according to the Charleston County coroner. Alligator attack kills woman at Kiawah Island, South Carolina police say By Mitchell Willetts, Mark Price , and Bailey Aldridge. “Alligators will travel miles, no matter where you move them, and find their way home,” Lucas previously told the Island Packet. Authorities say his body has been recovered. We reached out to experts. alligator attacks are rare in South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Voters in Charleston County will have their say in who should lead the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on November 3rd. Supplemental reports released Tuesday by authorities reveal more details about a fatal alligator attack on Kiawah Island, including that the victim was taking pictures of the creature and tried to on Daniel Island early Monday morning, Man arrested in NC was plotting assassination of Joe Biden, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, Live: Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court; swearing-in ceremony happening now. In August 2018, 45-year-old Cassandra Cline was killed by an alligator while walking her dog close to a lagoon in the Sea Pines gated community on Hilton Head Island. While alligators are fierce predators, they mostly attack either in water or very close to the water’s edge. “There could be more that we aren’t aware of,” SCDNR alligator program director, Jay Butfiloski previously said,. “As more people move to the state and development increases in coastal areas, the likelihood of encountering an alligator also increases.”. “No one should feed an alligator, whether intentionally or unintentionally [feeding turtles/fish where alligators are present, cleaning fish over water, etc].”. The woman in Kiawah was said to be getting closer to the alligator to take photos of the animal at the time of the attack. DNR officials said no one witnessed what took place, and a cause of death has not yet been detected. SCDNR spokesperson David Lucas previously said that the agency receives between 1,300-1,500 complaints about alligators every year. A deputy reportedly shot the alligator with his 9mm handgun, causing it to release Covert. According to GCSO, detectives are on the way to the scene. Hart said in all three fatal incidents, there was no evidence that the alligators in question were hand-fed. The homeowner’s husband and a neighbor came to help with a rope, which they tossed to Covert to pull her out of the pond. This incident is South Carolina‘s third deadly alligator attack in four years. “We work closely with communities and members of the public to provide education regarding alligator safety and provide signage designed to alert the public to the potential presence of alligators. So why the sudden increase of fatal alligator attacks in South Carolina? CLICK HERE. We reached out to SCDNR biologist Morgan Hart, Alligator program coordinator and SCDNR senior biologist Sam Chappelear and SCDNR Assistant Chief of Wildlife Will Dillman to answer some questions after the alarming incident. “Generally, ‘nuisance’ alligators are found in a typical alligator habitat where the property owner or member of the public demands its removal,” Hart said. Beaufort County’s First Female Administrator Resigns After Pressure From Council, Guest Post | Community Has Message For Beaufort County Council’s Good Ole Boys: Enough, Hilton Head Burglar Sexually Assaulted Woman In Her Sleep, Police Say, Hilton Head Named Best Island In The U.S. For Fourth Year In A Row, Copyright © 2008-2020 FITSNews, LLCFollow me on Blogarama, an alligator dragged a South Carolina woman.