- The attack happened at a time and season during which alligators are most active
- Majority of gator attacks happen in or near water
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Alligators are not prone to attacking fully grown humans but do feed on small animals.
Alligators do not feed often and are dormant most of the winter months but become more active in the spring and summer.
Alligators are not much of a threat out of the water but will lunge at prey near shorelines.
Alligators are most active at night.
A majority of fatal alligator attacks in the U.S. happen in Florida.
The number of attacks that required medical care
People who died as a result of those attacks
Number of children (16 and under) among the 23 deaths
The year that saw the most attacks requiring medical care (13)
1 in 2.4 million
The likelihood of a resident being seriously injured in an attack
Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (as of April 2016)