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6-foot alligator living in Sanibel pond trapped, removed

May 9, 2018
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sanibel police recently trapped and removed an alligator from behind a West Rocks home.

On May 1, officers responded to a call about an animal in the 3900 block of Coquina Drive. Kathie Gulluzzo told police that there is a gator in the pond behind her house that has lost its fear of humans. She said it comes to the bank of the pond and will not leave when people come out of the residence.

Gulluzzo reported that it has occurred for the past few days.

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The Sanibel Police Department trapped and removed an alligator on May 1 from a pond behind a residence in the 3900 block of Coquina Drive.

"Every time my parents and I were in the backyard using power tools, he would come and stay," she said. "After several days, (it) became aggressive when we didn't give him what he wanted."

Gulluzzo believes that somebody may have been feeding the alligator.

She told police that she was worried about the gator for her safety and her two small dogs.

"I approached the alligator at the bank and he did not move or submerge," one officer wrote in the report. "Rather than wait for the trapper to arrive and have the alligator leave the area, a decision was made to capture it."

Officers Steve Royka and Kory McCloughen captured the 6-foot gator.

It was transported to the police station and a trapper was notified to take custody of it.

"(Officers) Steve and Kory saved the day," Gulluzzo said, adding that it occurred toward the end of her parents' visit. "It made for an exciting yet sad bon voyage for both the alligator and my parents."



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