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Monday, March 6, 2017

Officials remove 13-foot gator from swim area at Florida spring

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 12:05 PM

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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to remove a massive gator from a swimming area at Silver Glen Springs on Saturday.

MCSO Patrol Deputy David Christmas responded to a call at around 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, about an alligator that had taken up residence in the designated swimming area at Silver Glen Springs.

According to the MCSO, Christmas called a few trappers to help with the capture of the 13-foot-long alligator.

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After a successful capture, the gator was brought ashore and taken into custody by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the swimming area is now reopened to the public.

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Last year, Marion County Parks and Recreation department had to close a swimming area at K.P. Hole because of a large "menacing" alligator.

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