Wild Video Shows Huge 11-Foot Gator Lunging at Trappers in Homestead

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Trappers were called to capture an 11-foot alligator in Homestead after a man encountered the massive reptile while exercising in the early morning hours.

Bodycam video provided by Pesky Critters Wildlife Control shows the enormous reptile lunging and growling at the trappers who were called out to the Homestead Sports Complex early Thursday morning.

The team was quickly dispatched, and after a battle caught on camera, trappers captured the gator at around 3:30 a.m.

The incident comes just days after a man lost his arm to a similar-sized alligator in Port Charlotte.

Pesky Critters warns that alligators are highly active right now, and Florida residents need to be aware and alert in grassy areas and near bodies of water.

“Alligators are native to Florida so anywhere that you have freshwater, you have a high likeli of encountering an alligator so whether that’s a lake, a canal, a pond, a river,” says George Reynaud, an officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. “And the most important thing is to learn how to coexist with an alligator. So just because I see an alligator doesn’t mean that it poses a threat, or it has to be removed.”

Much of the agency's job is to get that message out, but they say that sometimes, an alligator can pose a risk if it has lost its natural fear of humans because it was fed illegally.

“In that case, the best thing to do is call FWC, Florida Fish and Wildlife, or we have a program called SNAP which stands for Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program, and that program is designed and dedicated to removing alligators that have become a nuisance or have lost that fear of a person, and they get removed permanently from that area,” Reynaud said.

NBC6's Myriam Masihy shares tips on what you can do if you encounter an alligator.
The FWC says that most bites can be prevented by staying away from places where alligators may be living.

“If you are walking your pet, make sure it’s on a leash and that you don’t bring it near the shoreline or let your pet swim in the water because they do resemble the natural prey of an alligator and that’s going to attract the alligator to the pet,” Reynaud said.

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