U.S. woman, 47, feared dead after human arm found inside alligator

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Sadly, this isn't the first time a park goer has come across an alligator.

Shizuka Matsuki, 47, of Plantation was the woman who was pulled into a lake by a gator while she was out walking her dogs, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Police tell WSVN that a witness reported seeing a woman being dragged into a lake at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park by an alligator.

It said the Commission will be conducting a thorough investigation into the incident, but didn't provided additional details.

Authorities captured an alligator suspected of dragging a woman into a South Florida lake on Friday.

They added that the fatal event will be investigated.

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Police believe the victim had been walking her dogs near the lake when the gator attacked Friday morning. News media earlier reported a caller told police he saw a gator drag a woman into the water as she was walking her dogs. Despite signs posted saying no swimming, neighbors say it's not unusual to see kids splashing in the lake. While they are common today, over-hunting nearly drove American alligators to extinction in the 1950's.

Trina Gonzalez, who lives in Davie, told the Sun Sentinel that the area is risky. The couple did not live in the neighborhood, but he said she liked to find different places to walk the dogs.

A spokeswoman for Broward County Animal and Care and Adoption told Local 10 News it took possession of three dogs from the scene. An arm and other body parts were found in the alligator.

A 12-foot, 6-inch alligator was later removed from the lake by a trapper hired by the FWC. Her son threw bread into the water for the fish, and the alligator got the bread.

There have been 401 unprovoked alligator bites between 1948 and 2017, the commission said, and of those 24 resulted in fatalities. The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy playing near the water's edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

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