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10-foot gator caught on Fla. doorstep

An American alligator at the Royal Palm area of the Everglades National Park, as the park celebrates its 60th birthday this week as Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett, of the Department of the Interior attends the celebration, in Florida City, Florida on December 8, 2007. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
An American alligator at the Royal Palm area of the Everglades National Park, as the park celebrates its 60th birthday this week as Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett, of the Department of the Interior attends the celebration, in Florida City, Florida on December 8, 2007. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush) | License Photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida alligator trapper said he captured a 10-foot gator that planted itself on a home's doorstep and refused to leave.

Charles Carpenter said he was called to remove the large reptile from the Palm Harbor home Wednesday night and he found the gator was "quite a talker," cable-based Bay News 9, St. Petersburg, Fla., reported Thursday.

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"Normally, they're not quite that loud," Carpenter said of the gator's constant growls.

Carpenter said the alligator struggled with him and resisted being tied up, but the confrontation ended when the trapper managed to tape the reptile's jaws shut. The trapper, who is contracted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said the gator was classified as a nuisance animal and will be destroyed.

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