Alligator eludes trappers near school

May 2, 2008 at 3:16 PM
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WINDERMERE, Fla., May 2 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials said they hope that an alligator last seen heading into a pond next to a school will move on of its own accord.

The alligator, believed to be a 10- to 12-foot male, has eluded trappers since Wednesday, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Friday. A 7-foot female was trapped in the pond next to the Windermere Elementary School.

The female had been reported several times in the past year. Windermere Police Chief Dan Saylor said trappers decided she was too big to move elsewhere, so she will be killed.

Saylor described the male as "huge."

"It looked like the size of a dinosaur," he told the Sentinel.

The pond has been cordoned off and wildlife officials have asked the public to stay away so the alligator can leave.

"There's a good chance the alligator will take care of the situation himself by moving to an adjacent lake since he was likely courting the female gator the trapper removed and will be looking for another," Joy Hill, a spokeswoman for the state fish and wildlife conservation agency, said to the newspaper.

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