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700-Pound Alligator Captured (pics)
local6 ^ | May 18, 2006

Posted on 05/18/2006 10:04:27 AM PDT by stainlessbanner

Meanwhile, a giant 700-pound, 12-foot-long alligator was captured and pulled from a South Florida canal after residents called for help.

A crane and several men were needed to lift the alligator out of the canal located near Northwest 41st Street in Doral, Fla.

Homeowners in the area complained about the alligator, saying it had become a nuisance.

A trapper said the alligator was definitely not one residents would want in the area, according to the report.

"This is the biggest alligator ever caught in Miami-Dade County," Local 6's Jacquie Sosa said.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News
KEYWORDS: alligator; attack; capture; fl; gator; pocketbooks; wallets; wallygator
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1 posted on 05/18/2006 10:04:30 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: RMDupree; HairOfTheDog

*ahem*


2 posted on 05/18/2006 10:06:34 AM PDT by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: stainlessbanner
Don't think this gator is the perp from recent attacks, though the article does state the gator that attacked TN girl in Ocala has been captured (12ft bull).
3 posted on 05/18/2006 10:07:00 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Either those people in the background are very small or that critter is smokin' big. Sheesh.


4 posted on 05/18/2006 10:07:13 AM PDT by Draco
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To: stainlessbanner

Holy crap!


5 posted on 05/18/2006 10:07:39 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Capriole; GladesGuru

fl-wildlife ping


6 posted on 05/18/2006 10:07:48 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

How do they KNOW they caught the right gator?? Don't they all look alike?? Is there a gator lineup?


7 posted on 05/18/2006 10:08:32 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: Draco; rintense

That's a crane lifting him out.


8 posted on 05/18/2006 10:08:40 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
Duct tape. What can't it do?
9 posted on 05/18/2006 10:09:44 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Amnesty for speeders! Driving the speed Americans won't go.)
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To: bonfire
The article is a little confusing. I don't think the gator pictured was an attacker, he is a nusiance gator that was bothering residents or showed aggression. State trappers will remove the animals if they are endangering people.

The Ocala gator (not pictured) is a 12-ft bull - trappers think they got the attacker in Juniper Run.

10 posted on 05/18/2006 10:11:07 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner; Lil'freeper

Wow... is he still alive? He's quite a marvel and deserves a refuge somewhere... In a petting zoo for adrenaline junkies perhaps. :~D


11 posted on 05/18/2006 10:11:42 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

We had a 14ft 1200 pounder at a local refuge. He can barely move - just eats hot dogs and sits on the bank all day.


12 posted on 05/18/2006 10:13:03 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner


He's a beauty, that one is, mate!
13 posted on 05/18/2006 10:13:21 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Pudding won't fill the emptiness inside me . . . but it'll help.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I know. But I still don't understand how they can pick ONE gator and say "THAT'S the one!!!"


14 posted on 05/18/2006 10:13:53 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: stainlessbanner

Not a bad gig if you can get it. :~D


15 posted on 05/18/2006 10:14:22 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Xenalyte

Criky!


16 posted on 05/18/2006 10:14:57 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: stainlessbanner

I've never heard of a "nuisance" alligator. What do they do, play their stereos at full blast, make crank phone calls, ring your doorbell to ask you if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Personal Savior?


17 posted on 05/18/2006 10:17:07 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: bonfire

Yeah, they all look alike to me!


18 posted on 05/18/2006 10:18:16 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: stainlessbanner
The Ocala gator (not pictured) is a 12-ft bull - trappers think they got the attacker in Juniper Run.

I canoed that run last year. Didn't see any gators that day, much less a monster like the one they caught. Just damn.

19 posted on 05/18/2006 10:18:20 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: bonfire

When you see an arm hanging out of its' mouth, you shout........."that's the one!!!" (sorry about being a smarta**, but I couldn't resist!)


20 posted on 05/18/2006 10:20:02 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: stainlessbanner
They grow darned big in some areas.


21 posted on 05/18/2006 10:20:48 AM PDT by JennysCool ("I simply do not remember getting out of bed.")
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To: stainlessbanner

Wow!


22 posted on 05/18/2006 10:21:13 AM PDT by KoRn
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To: stainlessbanner
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23 posted on 05/18/2006 10:21:30 AM PDT by Sax
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To: linda_22003

Nah, they hang out on the stoop, drinking 40's, smoking dope and they wear their pants half way down their ass.


24 posted on 05/18/2006 10:21:52 AM PDT by misterrob
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To: stainlessbanner
MAN IN SUIT! MAN IN SUIT!
25 posted on 05/18/2006 10:23:57 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (FR's most controversial FReeper)
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To: geezerwheezer

lol Ya wonder how many they kill and cut open before they find the right one.

Sounds to me like they just grab any ole' gator to appease the public.


26 posted on 05/18/2006 10:25:10 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: stainlessbanner

Boots and luggage for all.


27 posted on 05/18/2006 10:26:22 AM PDT by Hydroshock
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To: GreenAccord

FYI..the gator's neck muscles are all desigmed to exert a tremendous closing compression force, to grab, and kill prey..but they have almost no strenght to open the mouth...you can literally hold the mouth shut with your hand by holding the tips shut..or a piece of duct tape..


28 posted on 05/18/2006 10:34:07 AM PDT by ken5050 (GWB, Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, freed hundreds of millions.# of Nobel PeacePrizes: ZERO)
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To: stainlessbanner

Man, that looks like one of Godzilla's cousins!


29 posted on 05/18/2006 11:02:52 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (RADICAL ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ELIMINATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: GreenAccord

'Gators rely on gravity to open the lower jaw.

Speaking of 'duck' tape, "Beware the Quantum Duck - QUARK! QUARK! !


30 posted on 05/18/2006 4:05:48 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: stainlessbanner

"We had a 14ft 1200 pounder at a local refuge. He can barely move - just eats hot dogs and sits on the bank all day."

Until the day comes when he wants to eat something, say a snowbird, then he can move quite fast.


31 posted on 05/18/2006 4:07:49 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: Lil'freeper; HairOfTheDog

Reason # 346 as to why I'm moving to Washington. :-)


32 posted on 05/18/2006 6:41:15 PM PDT by RMDupree (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: RMDupree

That, and getting away with storms that have names. :~D


33 posted on 05/18/2006 6:51:38 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

You got it!

On an aside, the agent that showed us the house actually moved here from South Florida! *laughing*

I'm tellin' ya, it was like it was meant to be!


34 posted on 05/18/2006 7:00:08 PM PDT by RMDupree (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: stainlessbanner
Did someone call for Paul Hogan?????


35 posted on 05/18/2006 7:03:09 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: bonfire
How do they KNOW they caught the right gator?? Don't they all look alike?? Is there a gator lineup?

I say kill 'em all...and let Steve Irwin sort 'em all out...

36 posted on 05/18/2006 8:34:40 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (Always bring a liberal to a gunfight)
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To: bonfire

They match gator teeth to the victim's bite marks. Also, gator's are territorial and tend to stay in certain areas - the trappers will hunt it down in the vicinity of the attack.


37 posted on 05/18/2006 10:06:43 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
There is a great place to vacation in East Texas called "Chain O Lakes", no phones, no tv, just lovely log cabins with porches that stick out over the water. Horse back riding, fishing, hiking, swimming with the fish and turtles. It was Eden.

They have gators galore and a 12 footer in a pond outside the fabulous restaurant that you can watch while gourmet dining. You can order a horse drawn carriage to take you the short distance to the Herb Hill Farm restaurant. Herb Hill will give you a tour of their organic gardens before dinner, all fresh, fresh food.

I loved to sit on the porch swing with my coffee and watch them swim up in the early morning and feed them marsh mellows, if a couple of people in a canoe paddled by, the gators would vanish under the water until the canoers had passed then pop up for more marsh mellows. Even the birds and squirrels were tame and came right up to you begging for a snack.

I cried when we had to leave so my sweet hubby agreed to stay three more days, I could have stayed forever, it was so stress free. Generally if you stay out of their territory they stay out of yours, if not, exit the area immediately. I only encountered one aggressive gator and he was a two and a half foot long baby that swam right up to me when I was fishing, I popped him on the snout with the end of my rod and he stood up and hissed at me, so I vacated to the car until he went his way. I don't see them as a threat as they seem pretty predictable.
38 posted on 05/20/2006 8:28:48 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: stainlessbanner; RMDupree; HairOfTheDog; rintense; bonfire; GreenAccord; Lil'freeper; Xenalyte; ...
Stainlessbanner: My daughter drove down to Miami yesterday and on the drive saw four dead alligators that looked like they had been run over. She's made the drive many times - having lived in Miami for a number of years - and has never seen even one dead alligator. Either something scared the alligator out of the swamp (which I doubt) or something in the alligator's hard wiring changed - something like a whale beaching itself.

Then, a few months ago, another odd alligator story -- my family owns some houses on a large Florida lake - and for the first time in over twenty years - a large alligator climbed up the embankment and was wandering around the yard. It's not a small climb - and not a small yard. Gators have come up around the boat docks before, but never up the road to the house.

This is starting to have the feel of the problems with frogs a few years back. Could there be a new reptile virus? What do you think?

39 posted on 05/24/2006 8:33:42 AM PDT by GOPJ (Real trolls are brief, insulting, and at the top of threads.)
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To: GOPJ
What I've heard is the "perfect storm" theory of the attacks this year: lower water levels, mating season, highest residential population, growth/construction. All these combined to make the gators behave abnormally and facilitate interaction between ppl and gators.

Of course you know Lake George has many big gators, Okeechobee has a bunch too. There's many an old gator story in those parts - some are 'ol yarns, but I believe some of em!

40 posted on 05/24/2006 8:44:35 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: GOPJ

Practically the entire state is under either abnormally dry or drought conditions, that might encourage them the venture out more. And we're at the beginning of their mating season too - which always gives them 'wander lust.'

The lake a few miles from my house is going to have nearly 400 permits issued for the next hunt season.


41 posted on 05/24/2006 8:50:22 AM PDT by Sax
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To: stainlessbanner

An important safety tip...ALWAYS carry a roll of duct tape.

(And a can of WD-40)

42 posted on 05/24/2006 8:57:44 AM PDT by Fintan (Okay, sometimes I don't read all the articles.)
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To: Sax; Fintan
Will you be participating in the harvest?
Bring your duct tape, as fintan says!
43 posted on 05/24/2006 9:02:38 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
They match gator teeth to the victim's bite marks.

Man! I have to wonder would there be anything left of you to match up if a monster like that grabbed you.

44 posted on 05/24/2006 9:03:38 AM PDT by FJ290
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To: MissAmericanPie
...and feed them marsh mellows,

You say you were feeding the alligators?

45 posted on 05/24/2006 9:04:25 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: stainlessbanner

Coincidently I read the regs yesterday. I know some experienced folks and I was thinking about talking to them about it. My bow would need some updating - hasn't been used in a long time (would need new sights, to be restrung, and I think it would need to hold a spool to send out a 'restraining line.')

I was also curious about the specific bangstick that the reqs mentioned. Didn't seem like very complicated hardware.


46 posted on 05/24/2006 10:30:28 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Sax

Check your freepmail - bangsticks are necessary (.45cal I recommend). Easy to use, just keep the dangerous end down!


47 posted on 05/24/2006 10:38:23 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: bonfire

The 400 lb. gator that was captured last week (and killed, I believe) had one of the missing women's arms in his stomach. :(


48 posted on 05/24/2006 10:47:40 AM PDT by IamHD
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History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man.
49 posted on 05/24/2006 10:56:09 AM PDT by vollmond (Careful with that axe, Eugene!)
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To: stainlessbanner; GOPJ

Totally unrelated but interesting story...yeas ago, back in the 50's my aunt and uncle would spend a two months in Florida each winter..they'd drive. In 53, when I was 6...I got to go with them because my brother had just been born..my uncle had just gotten a big new Olds Rocket 98.. We'd visited some relatives in Tampa, and were heading to Miami across Alligator Alley, which back then was just a two-lane blacktop..flat and straight as an arrow..they never enforced the speed limits, so the car, with that BIG Olds engine, was running flat out, probably about 80-90..I was in the back seat...when all of a sudden, a huge BLAM....We hit a buzzard..flat on the windsield..it must have been flying across the road a few feet off the ground. BIG BIRD...it cracked the windshield...came through it..ended up in my aunt's lap..blood and guts EVERYWHERE...what a mess..it was real neat..


50 posted on 05/24/2006 11:55:27 AM PDT by ken5050 (GWB, Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, freed hundreds of millions.# of Nobel PeacePrizes: ZERO)
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