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Woman hospitalized after an encounter with a gator at a South Florida wildlife refuge

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. A woman was bitten by an alligator somewhere in the reserve on Sept. 5, 2019, according to Palm Beach Fire Rescue.
The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. A woman was bitten by an alligator somewhere in the reserve on Sept. 5, 2019, according to Palm Beach Fire Rescue. Palm Beach Fire Rescue

A morning visit to a wildlife refuge in Palm Beach County led to an encounter between a woman and an alligator.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, a woman was bitten on the leg at about 10 a.m. Thursday at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said 31-year-old Kelsey Pollack was bitten when she accidentally stepped on the alligator while performing contract work at the refuges as a contractor for the South Florida Water Management District, CBS12 reported.

Pollack, who was in waist-deep water at the time, was taken to a local hospital but not as a trauma case, according to reports.

The federal refuge contains 145,189 acres of northern Everglades and cypress swamp, according to its website.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is sending investigators, agency spokesman Tyson Matthews told The Palm Beach Post.

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