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Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

5 months 5 days 19 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 January 18, 2017 10:25 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

LAKELAND - Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.

The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering across a trail.

WFLA-TV reports officials are concerned the increased attention brought on by the video could pose a danger to the gators. Polk County Natural Resources Director Jeff Spence says they've already asked one person to leave who ran off a trail hoping for a picture of the animal.

If a person is involved in an incident with a gator, Spence says the animal will most likely have to be killed.

He says they don't want to have to do that "because someone is doing something they shouldn't."

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