15-foot Florida alligator caught after chasing swimmers near Gulf of Mexico

A Florida trapper captured a nearly 15-foot alligator after deputies responded to reports of the giant reptile chasing swimmers, authorities said.pasco-gator1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sent a nuisance wildlife trapper to assist a Pasco County maritime unit to catch the gator off of Durney Key, an island near the Gulf of Mexico.

The alligator was chasing scallopers in the Cotee River, which dumps out into the Gulf. No one was injured. Deputies estimated the gator was 12-15 feet long. The trapper relocated the gator to a “safe location,” according to the sheriff’s office. The gator will be harvested for its meat and skin.

About 1.3 million alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida.

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