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Trapper Uses Unusual Method to Get Gator Out of Pool

Paul Bedard plays with animal until it's tired out

(Newser) - A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a house in... More »

Fla. Man Allegedly Offered Gator Beer —and His Own Arm

Timothy Kepke survived to face charges, officials say

(Newser) - Timothy Kepke said he'd downed a couple of beers. Perhaps that's why the Florida man offered up his arm to an alligator one night in late August, according to a report from state wildlife officials. The report, mentioning unreleased video footage, describes a friend catching the gator with... More »

She Took Her Dog for a Stroll. Then, an Unwelcome Encounter

The incident happened in the Sun City retirement community

(Newser) - A 68-year-old South Carolina woman was walking her dog close to home near Hilton Head Island around 10pm Monday night when things went awry: She was attacked by an alligator. The woman lives in the Sun City retirement community, which features several ponds near the woman's house, CBS News... More »

'Chance the Snapper' Finally Nabbed in Chicago

American alligator was likely an illegal pet

(Newser) - It took a week, but "Chance the Snapper" is finally out of Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon. Chicago police confirm to CNN that the 4- to 5-foot-long American alligator was caught sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning by Florida alligator expert Frank Robb. Surprisingly, Robb used a fishing... More »

Cops Warn About 'Meth-Gators'

'We shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do'

(Newser) - The effects of methamphetamine on alligators is not fully understood, per USA Today —though we might soon find out. Tennessee's Loretta Police Department warned people not to flush meth and other drugs over the weekend for fear of creating "meth-gators." "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl... More »

Gator Turns Up in Most Unlikely of Places

Officials attempting to trap reptile in popular Chicago park

(Newser) - An alligator has made a home in one of Chicago's most popular parks. A crowd gathered around Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city's West Side Tuesday as officials responded to a 911 call about a Facebook post showing an alligator in the area, reports the Chicago Tribune . A... More »

Yes, This Gator in Texas Has a Knife in Its Head

'I feel that somebody did this on purpose'

(Newser) - Alligators might take for granted the antibiotic properties in their blood and their tough, thick skulls, but one Texas reptile may be rethinking that attitude. CNN reports on a gator that's been spotted cruising through the waters of a lakeside Fort Bend County community, seemingly just a regular alligator... More »

A Cop Asked a 'Standard' Question, Got a Gator for an Answer

Woman in traffic stop pulled an alligator out of her pants, investigators say

(Newser) - Among the more routine questions a police officer might ask during a traffic stop: "Can I see your license and registration?," "Do you know how fast you were going?," and "Anything else?" A Florida woman responded to the third query Monday by making what Fox... More »

Crocs-Wearing Guy Jumps Into Croc Pond at Gator Farm

Yes, this story happened in Florida

(Newser) - Try saying this five times fast: A guy wearing Crocs jumped into the crocodile pond at an alligator farm. Namely, St. Augustine's Alligator Farm Zoological Park in, yes, Florida. A 23-year-old man was arrested after allegedly breaking into the park Monday night and deciding to take a swim in... More »

Lake Michigan Kayaker Gets a Shock

Chicago man met a 4-foot alligator on Monday

(Newser) - A kayaker hoping to reel in some salmon on Lake Michigan instead found himself face-to-snout with a 4-foot alligator on Monday. David Castaneda was fishing off Waukegan Harbor when he spotted the reptile swimming slowly with its mouth taped shut, reports the Lake County News-Sun . "I was just in... More »

Great-Grandma Takes One Shot, Fells Huge Gator

'Don't mess with Nana'

(Newser) - "One shot in the head and he just went under." With that, great-grandmother Judy Cochran had the makings for a pair of alligator boots, or perhaps a closet full of them. "Don't mess with Nana," says Cochran, mayor of Livingston, Texas, where she snagged a... More »

Woman Dies Trying to Save Dog From Alligator in SC

Cassandra Cline, 45, was a Hilton Head resident

(Newser) - An extremely rare alligator attack claimed the life of a 45-year-old South Carolina woman Monday. The Island Packet reports Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island was walking her dog in a residential area of the private Sea Pines Resort she lived in around 9:30am when the attack occurred. "... More »

Gator Forces Teen Up Tree, Then Waits, Hissing

A Florida deputy arrived and shot the alligator

(Newser) - It is a 911 call that is pure Florida: "My daughter’s stuck in a frickin’ tree and there’s gators surrounding her!" a woman tells the dispatcher. "Oh my God! Please hurry! Please hurry!" All ended well, except for the gator. As the Orlando Sentinel ... More »

Alligator on Tarmac Snags Orlando Airport Traffic

The large reptile was in no hurry

(Newser) - Most times it's bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator . Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a... More »

Woman Missing After Walking Dogs Near Gator

Trappers have spotted a 12-foot alligator in a nearby pond

(Newser) - Authorities worked Friday to capture an alligator in a Florida pond after a witness' report led police to believe the animal may have dragged a woman into the water, reports the AP . The witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs and then noticed the dogs barking near... More »

Alligator Causes Fiery SC Crash That Kills 3

Fla. family died of burns after SUV caught fire

(Newser) - A Florida mother and her two young kids died in a fiery crash Monday when their SUV hit an alligator crossing a highway. Amber Stanley, 24, was driving on Interstate 95 in South Carolina around 1am when her 2011 Kia Soul struck the alligator crossing northbound lanes near the Interstate... More »

Exactly What You Don't Want to See in Your Pool

Florida wildlife officials remove 11-foot alligator

(Newser) - Florida homeowners beware: One big gator has been found splashing in a backyard swimming pool, and it took a trapper to drag it away. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office posted images of the floating gator over the weekend on Twitter, saying it measured 11 feet long. With temperatures warming,... More »

Bizarre Sight as Gators Poke Snouts Through Ice

They needed to get some air before entering brumation

(Newser) - Although North Carolina's recent bitter cold snap deterred plenty of humans from sticking their noses outdoors, a group of alligators stuck their snouts into the frost and hunkered down in the name of survival. The AP reports when the alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park recently found themselves beneath... More »

Allie the Alaska Alligator Had to Move Out of Her Bathtub

Weird day for animal control in Wasilla

(Newser) - It was an odd day for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub, the AP reports. According to KTUU, a Wasilla resident called 911 this week after realizing that the more than 4-foot-long alligator named Allie couldn't live in a tub... More »

Battle of the Jaws: Study Finds Alligators Eat Sharks

Alligator experts thought James Nifong was kidding when he asked if it was possible

(Newser) - As far as research goes, it sounds pretty intense: pumping the stomachs of 500-plus alligators—"live and alert" ones at that. It was part of James Nifong's study on whether American alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts eat sharks, and the answer might surprise you: yes. The... More »

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