December 23, 2021

The 18 strangest Florida wildlife encounter stories of 2021

Florida is haphazardly built on top of wild swamps and forests.

As the houses push endlessly out into spaces that once held primordial beasts, encounters with critters and creatures of all stripes have increased exponentially. As such, run-ins with animals frequently make headlines in one of the most prehistoric of American states.

We've compiled a few of our favorites from this year.

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Watch this Tampa woman battle a baby gator who snuck into her kitchen
The 18 strangest Florida wildlife encounter stories of 2021
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