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LAKELAND, Fla. - A man found dead in a pond was the victim of a nearly nine-foot alligator that was captured and killed, the medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.

 

Officials did not know what Don Owen, 56, a truck driver from Bartow, was doing at the pond about a dozen miles from his home. He had been missing since Wednesday when he was seen at a convenience store.

 

On Saturday his remains were found by several men fishing in Six Pound Pond. An autopsy determined he had been killed by the eight-foot, nine-inch alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

 

Trappers caught the alligator Monday. Owen’s forearm was found in its stomach.

 

Residents said they had fed the alligator, which is illegal and dangerous, said Gary Morse, spokesman for the wildlife commission.

 

Alligators normally flee from humans unless threatened or cornered, but alligators that have been fed by humans begin to look at them as a food source, he noted.

 

Since 1948, 330 alligator attacks have been documented by the commission. Sixteen have been fatal, including Owen’s.

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16 dealths in 47 years.... Not a very big number.... Sounds like the media is once again trying to manipulate public opiniion  ???  ???
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but alligators that have been fed by humans begin to look at them as a food source, he noted.

 

No Shit.

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I got talked into watching theis movie a few years ago called "Faces of Death"- host was this wierdo that made Mr. Vargas look normal. Had one scene where there was pond between a bunch of houses, and a 15 ft. alligator had moved in, was chowing on the dogs, and there were kids around- so the folks called the Sheriff. Here he comes, little short shit with the little guy complex, Smokey the Bear hat, aviators, the whole getup. "I'm gonna lassoo that sumbitch" he says into the camera, and swaggers over and gets in the bow of the 12-ft. boat with his noose. 15 ft. alligator, 12 ft. boat, 5'7 redneck :lookaround2: Deputy Dog rows him out to the gator, who almost happily puts it's head in the noose- and immediately pulls the Shurf in with him- and proceeds to bite his head in half. Of course, they show him being dragged out of the water , from the eyebrows down anyway, pretty graffic brains, etc.

 

 The next one was a couple in Yellowstone back when grizzlies were still all around- Rule No.1, Don't Feed the Bears. Yeah, right. So they're in this station wagon, wife's throwing bread to the bear, hubby's filming her, the film you're watching is being taken by the folks in another car. It's so cute, the bear's almost eating out of her hand- so hubby gets out of the other side, and creeps around to get a better shot. Now the bear's between him and the car :bomb: You know what's next, right? Wifey runs out of bread- so the bear turns around and munches hubby, right in front of her- the people in the other car never stop filming as the bear rips him up :charger:

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I remember that whack movie. I remember thinking why am I wasting my time on this? Ended up shutting the thing off.

But... if ever anybody deserved what he got it was that nincompoop hanging off the bow of that little lagoon schooner trying to lasso a gator. Oh yeah, Darwin woulda been proud.

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the part that bothered me most about faces of death was when they ate the monkey brains from the live monkey...that was just cruel...

where's harleysrule?

eric

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JUST OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL WHEN THAT CAME OUT , SO I GO TO  THIS DUDES HOUSE , WERE ALL BLASTED!!!!! TOOK ONE LOOK AT THE TV ANTHE GUYS IN THE ELC CHAIR, THAT WAS IT  LIT WOW ,MAN FARM OUT,  IM OUT OF HERE
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Yeah, the monkey brains thing was pretty bad, all in a circle, nobody wanted to "hurt" the monkey, as they took turns whacking him on the head, nobody would hit him hard enough to kill him quick, just hurt him and make him scream, after a while somebody finally clobbered him, but damn... :no:  :down:
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