Crazy story out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, recently. And I only mention this because, first off, it's a pretty tragic incident, and also, I know many Berkshire County residents, like myself, count Myrtle Beach as one of their favorite vacation destinations.

CNN reports that according to Horry County Police, a man was attacked and killed by an alligator near Myrtle Beach. The incident happened this past Friday, June 24th, near the Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club.

According to the Horry County Coroner's Office, the man, identified as Michael Burstein, 75, died as a result of drowning after he was attacked and pulled into a retention pond by the alligator.

Alligator attacks have increased slightly over the past couple of years. I'm not sure if that's because alligators are growing less afraid of people or because their natural habitats, as well as their food supply, are shrinking and gators have to widen their food search.

Authorities are unsure as to why the animal attacked the man, but the decision was made to euthanize the alligator after he and the victim's body were removed from the retention pond.

CNN also reports that:

South Carolina is home to alligators that live across the state's coastal marshlands, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

I guess it's best to just keep your eyes open and your wits about you. For more on the story, please visit CNN's website here.

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