PATROL OFFICERS GATOR ENCOUNTER

GATOR FINDS SHELTER UNDER VEHICLE


Friday, April 1, 2016 12:30 p.m.
Patrol officers were dispatched to an apartment complex off University Lane to help residents with an unusual threat. A near eight foot gator found its way under a resident's vehicle. When officers got a good look at it, they called in the Florida Fish and Wildlife agents to remove the reptile. The agent said it's the time of year when gators are on the move looking for a mate. They will move from one body of water to another until they find what they are looking for. But, sometimes they end up in the odd places. Residents are reminded not to feed gators because it causes them to become a public nuisance and a public hazard. In many cases these gators are taken to a gator farm where they will likely be destroyed if it is determined they have been fed by humans.

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Sgt. Doug Levine assists with capturing gator from under vehicle

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Sgt. Doug Levine assists with securing 8-foot gator

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Sgt. Doug Levine and Officer Jeff Taylor with FWC Agent Frank Robb.