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8-Foot Gator Found in Oakland Park Pool - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.Com

Animals  (tags: alligator, Florida, pool, capture, humans, Everglades )

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Oakland Park residents lassoed an 8-foot alligator to a tree using an extension cord on Tuesday night before calling 911 to complain that the reptile had snuck into their swimming pool, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.


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Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 11:06 am
Eight-foot alligator caught in Oakland Park pool

OAKLAND PARK - Oakland Park residents lassoed an 8-foot alligator to a tree using an extension cord on Tuesday night before calling 911 to complain that the reptile had snuck into their swimming pool, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

By the time sheriff's deputies arrived at the River Oaks Apartments, 2929 N. Dixie Hwy., about 7 p.m., about 30 people were gathered around the unwanted pool guest, BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said.

No one would admit to tying up the animal, which most likely came from a nearby canal, Jachles said.

The apartments are just south of Oakland Park Boulevard.

Police called a private trapper to remove the alligator, which had been thrashing around. The trapper told police the animal looked like it had been fed by humans.

''It thought it was home,'' Jachles said. ``This just shows that wild animals are dangerous. Don't feed them.''

No one was hurt, but children allegedly threw stones at the alligator, he said.

It wasn't the first time an alligator had crawled onto private property in Florida this summer. In June, one was found in the men's restroom of a Jacksonville restaurant after a rainstorm.

''We live in the Everglades,'' Jachles said. ``The alligators were here long before us.''

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 1:34 pm
OMG! not exactly your sweetest swimming instructor...thanks Raffi. wonder if they let it go?

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 3:55 pm
This would be scarey to find in a pool. Thanks Raffi.

Elm Morrison (357)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 4:52 pm
I'm sure they took him back to his natural habitat. I agree Joyce, I would probably have a heart attack if I found an alligator in my backyard! LOL

Mandi T (367)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 5:03 pm

Tierney G (381)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 5:46 pm
Awww isn't he cuuute!! LOL
Thanks Raffi

Nancy Welch (68)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 5:50 pm
I hope they humanely let him go back into his own kind of waters and glad nobody was hurt. Kinda scary though. Thanks Raffi for sharing.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Wednesday July 8, 2009, 6:55 pm
Mandi-this is Oakland Park, Florida-in Fort Lauderdale on the edge of the Everglades not California;-).

If a trapper got him it's 50/50 that he got back to his habitat. I tried to find out of he was returned to the wild and I couldn't find any more on that.

This article brought back memories to me of a time I went horsebackriding in Jupiter Florida as a kid and we were in the country by a little lake or pond or something. We were going to get in a rowboat and row the lake and then when we got in the boat we found it had a hole in the bottom. Suddenly the horses we had gotten off of started neighing and rearing and suddenly we realized that coming up behind us in the water was an alligator.

It wasn't the first one I was close to-growing up nearly in the Everglades but this was so close it was amazing. We (there were three of us) vaulted out of the sinking boat and the gator snapped-it was like no other sound -this hydraulic opening and closing and we were out of there-the horses had bolted-we had to catch up with them-but we were in overdrive. Florida is something else when it comes to wildlife-I was there 45 years and saw everything it had to offer-

I got a kick out of those people at Oakland Park lassoing the gator with an EXTENTION CORD and tying him to a tree-what a riot that must have been for the BSO to come to find...considering that the gator wouldn't have been intimidated by any extention cord if he wasn't somewhat domesticated, it seems, by people feeding him. And then they wonder why they find them in their swimming pools and gardens...and their pets missing.
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