I was saddened and angered by the article about a woman who was bitten by an alligator in Orlando, Florida ["Gator bites swimmer," News, Aug. 10].

While I'm sympathetic to the woman who lost her arm, I feel more sympathy for the alligator that was subsequently killed.

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Presumably the woman was aware that swimming in the Wekiva River could be dangerous and reportedly was warned just before the attack to get out. Why was the alligator killed in its own natural habitat doing what alligators do? Why is it that humans feel they have the right to destroy other living creatures whether they are "invading" our territory or we are invading theirs?

There is something terribly wrong with this picture.

Lisa DeFeis, Bay Shore