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  • The Cat Who Slaps Gators

    09/17/2016 7:50:22 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 13 replies
    Mugsy is fearless. This feline stares down gators and slaps them in the face for good measure. Cat make a gator turn tail and run away.
  • FL: Man Shoots Large Gator near Horses; Gator Attacks, Shooter Charged

    08/27/2016 5:33:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 August 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo from Sumter County Sheriff's Office About 6:30 p.m. on June 21, 2016, a 8.5-9 foot, 300 lb alligator was discovered near some agitated horses that belonged to Reginald Blanton, 74 years old. Blanton shot the reptile with a 9mm handgun, reportedly hitting it two or three times.  Where he hit it is not clear, but the shots would likely have been  mortal, because the alligator was still there, lying in the grass, when the authorities "euthanized it". While the story is two months old, there are important lessons to learn. After the shots, Blanton's stepson, Jack Hildreth, 58,...
  • Death of 90-year-old woman is first alligator-related fatality in South Carolina

    07/30/2016 8:56:08 AM PDT · by upchuck · 17 replies
    The Post and Courrier ^ | July 29, 2016 | Gregory Yee
    Alligator responsible for death of woman who was reported missing from a senior facility in West Ashley was found in a nearby retention pond Wednesday. Authorities continue to look into her death. Alligator responsible for death of woman who was reported missing from a senior facility in West Ashley was found in a nearby retention pond Wednesday. Authorities continue to look into her death. FILE/LEROY BURNELL/STAFF × A 90-year-old woman’s death this week is the first alligator-related fatality in state history, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Bonnie Walker was reported missing Wednesday morning from Brookdale Charleston, the...
  • Parents of 2-year-old boy killed by alligator at Disney resort will not sue

    07/20/2016 2:14:47 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 20 July 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    The parents of the Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World will not sue the company for his death, they announced Wednesday. Matt and Melissa Graves, whose 2-year-old Lane was dragged to his death at the Orlando resort, said they will “solely be focused on the future health of our family and will not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney.”
  • Family: No lawsuit over Disney World gator attack

    07/20/2016 8:44:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    "Melissa and I are broken. We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane. As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received from around the world. We know that we can never have Lane back, and therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation. It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts. In addition to the foundation, we will solely...
  • Disney firefighters were warned to stop feeding alligators

    07/14/2016 6:47:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 07/14/2016 | Sandra Pedicini
    The admonitions were in emails from employees at Reedy Creek Emergency Services. Reedy Creek is the Disney-controlled taxing district that provides government services to the theme parks and surrounding areas. The emails were obtained through a public-records request made after an alligator snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves from the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon on June 14 and drowned him while he was on vacation with family from Nebraska. The attack took place at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. After that, many tourists came forward with their own stories of alligator sightings at Disney. One employee at the resort said...
  • Sheriff: Body of boy attacked by gator found at Disney

    06/15/2016 2:31:48 PM PDT · by murron · 94 replies
    USA Today, WTSP ^ | 6-15-2016 | William Cummings
    ORLANDO — The boy of a 2-year-old boy attacked by an alligator near a beach late Tuesday has been found near the Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World.
  • Deputies say alligator dragged child into lake at Disney World

    06/14/2016 9:01:10 PM PDT · by pnz1 · 21 replies
    Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a young child who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney World, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
  • Reports: Toddler dragged by gator into water near Disney's Grand Floridian

    BAY LAKE, Florida - Deputies are searching for a two-year-old child that reportedly was dragged into water around the area of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, according to WFTV and The Orlando Sentinel . According to Orange County deputies, authorities were told the child was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon. A helicopter was sent above the area to search for the child above as authorities search by ground.
  • Florida Police Find Alligator With Human Body In Its Mouth

    06/07/2016 4:51:47 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 37 replies
    Brevard Times ^ | 6/7/2016
    LAKELAND, Florida - Lakeland police responded to Lake Hunter following a 911 call from fishermen who reported seeing an alligator with a human body in its mouth on Tuesday morning. Police say that the alligator swam away but that they were able to recover the body. According to Lakeland Police spokesperson Sergeant Gary B. Gross, the body appeared to have been in the lake for more than a day and it is unknown if the person was attacked by the alligator. No identification has been made yet on the body which appears to be a male of unknown age. The...
  • FL Hunters Tracked Down a Monster Gator That Was Eating Their Cows

    04/05/2016 7:25:03 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 40 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 4/5/2016 | unattributed
    Two Florida hunters tracked down a monstrous alligator and the photos are breathtaking. The gator was shot at Outwest Farms, an alligator hunting company in Okeechobee, measuring just under 15 feet and weighing in at over 800 pounds. The farm's owners discovered the gator in a cattle pond during a guided hunt. They believe the gator had been helping itself to some of their cows. The gator was so big that a farm tractor was needed to pull it from the pond.
  • Giant gator killed in hunt at Florida farm

    04/05/2016 3:13:14 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies ^ | April 05, 2016 | Peter Burke
    PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - A giant gator killed during a guided hunt on a Florida farm could be one of the largest on record in the state. Outwest Farms in Okeechobee posted a picture of the dead gator on its Facebook page Saturday. The picture showed the gator's carcass strung up on a John Deere front-end loader with a chain around its neck. The post said the gator measured just shy of 15 feet.
  • Brevard deputies: 11-foot alligator killed accused burglar hiding in pond

    12/08/2015 5:49:36 AM PST · by fungoking · 35 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | 12/7/15 | Greg Pallone
    An accused burglar is dead after Brevard County deputies said he hid in a pond while on the run and was killed by an 11-foot-long alligator. Matthew Riggins, 22, of Palm Bay was reported missing Nov. 13. His body was found 10 days later floating in a pond near Latan Court and Barefoot Circle, in Barefoot Bay. Investigators said it had the makings of a gator attack. Shortly before Riggins was reported missing, he called his girlfriend and told her he'd be in the area breaking into homes, deputies said. "He was going to do burglaries in the Barefoot Bay...
  • Suspected Burglar Killed By Alligator While Hiding From Police In A Pond

    12/08/2015 5:11:48 AM PST · by grundle · 79 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 8, 2015
    A suspected burglar has been killed by an alligator while hiding out in a pond. The body of Matthew Riggins, 22, was found in water in Barefoot Bay in Florida ten days after he was reported missing. Police said Riggins was attacked by an 11-foot long alligator while he was hiding out after a series of planned break-ins. Before he was reported missing, Riggins called his girlfriend to tell her he would be in the area breaking into homes.
  • 'Burglar' eaten by alligator as he hid from police

    12/08/2015 6:55:05 PM PST · by NRx · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-08-2015 | Adam Boult
    A burglary suspect has been attacked and killed by an 11-foot alligator while trying to escape from police officers. The remains of 22-year-old Matthew Riggins, a resident of Palm Bay, Florida, were found in a lake in Barefoot Bay on November 23, ten days after he was reported missing. On the evening of November 10 local residents in Barefoot Bay had called the police to report two men dressed in black who'd been acting suspiciously behind their homes. Police launched a search with a helicopter and a K9 unit and, according to deputies, Riggins called his girlfriend on the phone...
  • Burglary suspect hides in Florida lake, where gator eats him

    12/08/2015 3:54:47 PM PST · by Islander7 · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 8, 2015 | Staff
    A suspected burglar jumped in a Florida lake apparently hiding from law enforcement before an 11-foot alligator killed him, investigators said Monday. His hand and foot reportedly turned up inside the animal's stomach. Brevard County Sheriff's Maj. Tod Goodyear says 22-year-old Matthew Riggins told his girlfriend he would be in Barefoot Bay to commit burglaries with another suspect. Authorities received calls Nov. 13 about two suspicious men in black walking behind homes and investigated. Riggins was reported missing the next day.
  • 11-Foot Gator Eats Burglar

    12/08/2015 7:54:55 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 41 replies
    Patch ^ | 12/08/2015 | Sherri Lonon
    Palm Bay, FL – A 22-year-old man reportedly out to burglarize a few homes in Brevard County found out the hard way that crime doesn’t pay. According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, a burglary suspect they were actively looking for on Nov. 13 realized deputies were hot on his trail and chose to hide near Barefoot Bay lake. That decision proved fatal. While hiding near the water, it seems the burglary suspect, identified as Matthew Riggins, ran afoul of an 11-foot alligator. Seeing easy prey, the gator attacked.
  • Poached Alligator Identified as Southeast Texas Man's Killer

    07/07/2015 1:44:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jul 6, 2015
    An 11-foot, 400-pound alligator game officials say was shot and killed without a permit has been identified as the beast that killed a late-night swimmer at a Southeast Texas marina. Texas game officials say the alligator was shot in the head and killed Monday afternoon in Adams Bayou in Orange, near where Tommie Woodward's maimed body was found early Friday. Justice of the Peace Rodney Price of Orange County Precinct 4 said remains found inside the carcass were identified as those of the 28-year-old Orange man. An autopsy determined Woodward died by drowning but lost his left arm below the...
  • Man Is Killed by Alligator in Texas While Swimming, Despite Warnings From Local Officials Not to

    07/04/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 88 replies
    Orange County Police were called to Burkart’s Marina near the Louisiana state line early Friday morning.... Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told CNN affiliate KFDM that Woodward ignored verbal warnings and a posted “No Swimming Alligators” sign and seemed to mock the deadly creatures before going in the water. “He removed his shirt, removed his billfold … someone shouted a warning and he said ‘blank the alligators’ and jumped into the water and almost immediately yelled for help,” Price said. The “No Swimming Alligators” sign was posted this week after a 10-foot alligator was spotted in the...
  • Raccoon Rides Alligator in Photo From Florida's Ocala National Forest

    06/15/2015 10:07:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | June 15, 2015 | Kate Stanton
    Richard Jones was exploring Ocala National Forest with his family when they captured a photo of a raccoon balancing on an alligator.A Florida man exploring Ocala National Forest has captured an unusual photo of what appears to be a raccoon riding an alligator. Richard Jones, of Palatka, told several local media outlets Sunday that he and his family were searching the Oaklawaha River for alligators, when his son accidentally startled a raccoon out of its hiding place. "It must have been asleep because it stumbled toward the water and hoped on top of the gator we were watching," Jones...
  • Alligator attacks man's truck, tears off bumper

    05/25/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    News 96.5 ^ | 5-25-2015 | Samantha Jordan
    News 96.5 - Orlando AVOYELLES, LOUISIANA — This video gives a whole new meaning to 'tailgater.' A man driving his truck tries to warn an alligator hanging out in some high grass that he's coming and the gator best get out of the way. But the alligator was not backing down and decided to defend his turf. As the truck inches closer, the annoyed gator can be seen on video lashing out before finally grabbing the front bumper in its mouth and tearing it off in a matter of seconds!
  • Kids in Awe of Gator on Front Lawn in South Carolina

    05/16/2015 4:53:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | May 15, 2015 | Emily Shapiro
    Two young kids in Goose Creek, South Carolina, are captivated by their unusual new neighbor: a 10-foot alligator. The alligator first took up residence in Sonya Gilreath's bushes Thursday morning, she told ABC News today.
  • Alligator triggers fatal crash on I-10 East near Bayou Sauvage, police say

    05/09/2015 5:08:18 PM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies
    NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A van struck an alligator on I-10 East, police say, triggering an accident that left one man dead. The accident happened just after 4 a.m. Friday on I-10 East near Michoud Boulevard. Officers believe that a van was traveling eastbound in the center lane of the highway when the driver struck a 5-foot alligator on the road. The van came to a complete stop after hitting the alligator and was rear-ended by a second vehicle, New Orleans police say. The driver of the second vehicle, identified only as a Mississippi man, was killed in the accident....
  • Giant alligator is back at Florida golf course, and he’s hungry

    03/28/2015 2:40:28 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 52 replies
    WOKV ^ | 03/27/15 | Jonathan Tully
    ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — That massive alligator is back on a golf course, and he appears to be hungry. Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood posted photos of the gator the staff calls “Goliath” (good name for him) on the golf course’s Facebook page. This time, the big guy is apparently in the process of devouring a turtle.
  • 8-foot alligator in Van Nuys backyard may have killed pets for decades

    01/14/2015 7:13:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | January 14, 2015 | Steven Rosenberg
    An 8-foot alligator found in a Van Nuys backyard earlier this week may have been killing and eating neighborhood pets for decades, a Los Angeles Department of Animal Services officer told the Daily News. The residents at the home in the 13200 block of Sylvan Street said they got the alligator when it was a baby and have had it ever since, Ani­mal Services Commander Mark Salazar said.
  • U.S. Marine helps bag record alligator

    09/18/2014 11:24:46 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Grind TV ^ | 9/18/14 | Pete Thomas
    Swamp training will never be the same for Sgt. Jesse Phillips, a mortarman for the U.S. Marines, who recently participated in his first-ever alligator hunt and helped bag a Mississippi state record. The massive gator weighed 792 pounds and measured 13 1/2 feet from nose to tail. It was the largest male gator bagged in the state, with a belly girth of nearly 70 inches.
  • Owner Saves Dog From Alligator Attack

    07/23/2014 4:20:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 23, 2014
    Lee McDougal saved his Golden Retriever from an alligator attack. WOFL reports that the alligator attacked the dog when McDougal was out walking her. “With all the rain the swamp area filled up a little more, she decided to jump in on the swamp side, instead of the lagoon side, and the gator didn’t want to share it with her,” McDougal explained to the station. “I reached down to grab her and grabbed the gator and just jerked him up, and when I did, I seen a big head and she went back that way and as soon as I...
  • Man Offers Live Alligator For 12-Pack Of Beer

    12/18/2013 12:58:42 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 12-17-13 | unattributed
    It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but a guy walked into a Miami-area convenience store with quite a surprise in the box. A clerk at the Santa Ana Market in Allapattah was approached by customer Fernando Caignet Aguilera, 64, to buy some beer recently. “I just picked it up here,” Aguilera said of the alligator. “I seen it here in the grass and I tied it up.” When the subject of payment was brought up, the customer offered up a live alligator. “I went into the store to try to exchange it for a beer,” Aguilera told CBS4′s...
  • Alligator Found Inside O'Hare Airport

    11/04/2013 12:44:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Monday, Nov 4, 2013
    It wasn’t an alligator-print bag that appeared at a baggage claim at O’Hare International Airport, it was an actual alligator. A new kind of visitor caused a stir Friday after the Department of Aviation said a small alligator was discovered at Baggage Claim 3 in O’Hare Airport Friday morning. Officials said the alligator was spotted by maintenance workers underneath an escalator at Baggage Claim 3.
  • Vero Beach Man Arrested for Keeping Alligator in Tub, Feeding it Chicken: Deputies

    10/17/2013 9:54:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
    Tony Wells Jr., 32, said the alligator had already been in his house when he moved in, Indian River County Sheriff's Office said.A Florida man was arrested after he illegally kept an alligator in his outdoor hot tub and fed it chicken for over a year, authorities said. Tony Wells Jr., 32, said the alligator had already been in his Vero Beach house when he moved in, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said. After moving into the home, Wells said he “was just feeding the alligator,” his arrest report said. When deputies asked what he was feeding the alligator,...
  • Bryan Zuniga: Fleeing suspect attacked by alligator, suffers wounds to face, arm and armpit

    06/24/2013 7:27:26 AM PDT · by Renfield · 13 replies ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gregg Burrage and Jacqueline Ingles
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - After running from deputies during a traffic stop Thursday morning, Bryan Zuniga, 20, ended up near a water treatment plant, where he said he was attacked by an alligator. Pinellas County deputies pulled over Zuniga around 2:45 a.m. for failing to maintain a single lane. Once he stopped, he jumped out of the passenger-side door, and ran, kicking and breaking a vinyl fence to escape. He was found a few hours later at a local hospital where he was being treated for multiple puncture wounds to his face, arm and armpit area.....
  • Alligator Stem Cells Offer Hope for Tooth Regeneration in Humans

    05/18/2013 2:08:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies ^ | 5/17/13 | Natali Anderson
    An international team of scientists led by Prof Cheng-Ming Chuong from the University of Southern California has discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pave the way for tooth regeneration in people. “Humans naturally only have two sets of teeth – baby teeth and adult teeth. Ultimately, we want to identify stem cells that can be used as a resource to stimulate tooth renewal in adult humans who have lost teeth. But, to do that, we must first understand how they renew...
  • Young Texas hunter bags 800-pound alligator

    05/17/2013 5:56:16 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 67 replies
    grindtv ^ | May 15, 2013
    A young hunter in Texas has bagged the largest alligator ever certified in the state, weighing 800 pounds and measuring 14 feet, 3 inches. For Braxton Bielski, 18, it was a dream come true because he had grown up with a fascination for dinosaurs and always wanted to hunt prehistoric-looking alligators, sometimes referred to as “living dinosaurs.”
  • Pinellas Park man attacked by alligator while trying to flee traffic stop

    05/10/2013 2:23:41 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 27 replies
    Bryan Zuniga took great pains to get away from a Pinellas deputy who tried to pull him over early Thursday. Instead, he ended up in great pain. After Zuniga stopped his 1995 Nissan SUV in the 7100 block of 78th Avenue, he jumped out and started running away, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
  • Gator gets prosthetic tail

    03/11/2013 5:06:03 PM PDT · by oxcart · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 03/10/13
    PHOENIX, March 10 (UPI) -- Mr. Stubbs, an Arizona alligator who had his tail bitten off more than eight years ago, now has a prosthetic tail, his keepers say. The 11-year-old, 7-foot-long alligator at the Phoenix Herpetological Society may be the first alligator to be fitted with an artificial tail, The Arizona Republic reported Sunday. The Phoenix newspaper said it may take Mr. Stubbs months to learn to properly use his 3-foot rubber tail, which is attached with nylon straps. "The fact he doesn't try to bite it (the tail) is a good sign," society President Russ Johnson said. "Learning...
  • Alligator Stuck in Storm Drain Freed

    02/11/2013 4:03:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Alyssa Newcomb @alyssanewcomb
    An alligator creeping through a Florida neighborhood had to be rescued after it became stuck in a storm drain. The 8-foot-long reptile dove into the roadside drain in Largo, Fla., head first on Friday, according to a news release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said they were alerted to the distressed gator, which was lurking three blocks from an elementary school, by a passerby, who saw the dark green body sticking out of the drainage opening.
  • Investigation nets arrests, drugs -- and alligator

    02/09/2013 7:01:07 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 8, 2013 | Heywood Hoffman
    Spurred by the shooting of an off-duty police officer, a three-month joint investigation of a street gang faction ended this week with eight arrests in Summit and Chicago, along with the confiscation of guns, drugs -- and an alligator. After an arrest was made in December's shooting, authorities began an investigation into the Latin Kings gang faction the suspect belonged to, targeting drug sales in Summit and the Chicago Lawn police district on the Southwest Side, according to a CPD news release issued tonight.
  • 14-foot gator pulled from Florida lake

    08/22/2012 6:33:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies
    .upi ^ | Aug. 22, 2012
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper said a 14-foot alligator he caught in Lake Talquin was the fourth to exceed 11 feet in recent months. Lane Stephens, a contracted alligator trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the most recent mammoth gator he pulled from Lake Talquin was a 14-foot behemoth that nearly matched the state record of 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches, The Tallahassee Democrat reported Wednesday. "I didn't know it was as large as it was," Stephens said. "I knew it was an extremely large gator because the complainant had told me...
  • Florida teen who lost arm in attack wants alligator's head

    07/10/2012 1:48:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 10, 2012 | Edmund DeMarche
    A spunky 17-year-old who had his right arm partially torn from his body during a vicious alligator attack, told that he wants the alligator’s head. "I'm going to use it for a prosthetic armrest," Kaleb Langdale said in an exclusive interview. “I want his head." The Florida teen lost his right arm below the elbow Monday night during an alligator attack. He said he survived by offering the 11-foot alligator his arm, and used the skills he learned by watching TV shows like "Swamp People" to survive the brutal attack. "I'm glad the alligator attacked me, because if it...
  • Gator bites off hand of Everglades airboat captain

    06/13/2012 2:32:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Naples Daily News ^ | June 12, 2012 | JESSICA LIPSCOMB
    Gator bites off hand of Everglades airboat captain EVERGLADES CITY — A 63-year-old airboat captain lost his left hand when an alligator bit it off, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The victim’s name is Wallace Weatherholt of Captain Doug's Everglades Tours on State Road 29. FWC officials said a criminal investigation is pending. Feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor. POSTED EARLIER An Everglades City airboat captain lost his hand Tuesday afternoon when an alligator bit it off, according to a state wildlife official. The airboat captain was taken to a Naples hospital following the attack, said...
  • Alligator Bites Man as He Picks Up Golf Ball

    05/05/2012 1:32:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, May 5, 2012
    A 9-foot alligator bit a man on his left knee, officials saidA man was bitten and dragged by an alligator when he attempted to retrieve his golf ball from the water in Winter Haven, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. Albert Miller, 75, is recovering from his injuries after an alligator lunged out of a pond, bit his left knee and dragged him into the water on April 25, the release said. “He lifted me up three feet and slammed me down,” Miller told The Ledger, referring to the nine-foot alligator. Miller’s friends, who were playing golf with...
  • 75-Year-Old Man Bitten, Dragged by Alligator at a Golf Course Pond

    05/01/2012 7:48:49 PM PDT · by rawhide · 42 replies ^ | 4-30-12 | By Phil Attinger
    LAKE WALES | "You'll never get me to look at a gator, touch a gator or eat a gator," Albert Miller said. He's seen enough of alligators for a while. Miller, 75, is at home recovering from being bitten and dragged by a 9-foot alligator while he was playing golf last Wednesday. Miller was playing a four-ball tournament with his friend, 66-year-old Ted Price last Wednesday at Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club. Price said his ball landed closest to the 15th hole, but Miller had hooked his into the water that borders the green. The golf course uses the...
  • He's no scaredy-cat! Angry feline who took on an alligator

    01/24/2012 7:29:16 AM PST · by aldabra · 50 replies
    DailyMail ^ | January 24, 2012 | Mike O'brien
    It looks like a good way for this cat to become a tasty snack. But when the bold feline decided to take on an alligator in New Orleans, he came out remarkably intact. He chose to take on the reptile at an wildlife park just as it was trying to eat some chicken, and began raining blows on its snout. ... The cat may be the bravest or most stupid you've ever seen and a cynic may argue that the gator has been trained not to attack. But who's ever heard of a trained alligator?
  • Citra man helping baby gator lands in jail

    01/23/2012 8:29:50 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Ocala Star-Banner ^ | January 20, 2012 | Austin L. Miller
    CITRA — A foot-long alligator that looked “beat up” and “dehydrated” on the side of the road landed in a man's bathtub to be nursed back to health. But the efforts of good Samaritan Alexander Springer landed him in jail and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.
  • Hastings couple find alligator in Mississippi River near Prescott, Wis.

    09/08/2011 12:07:09 PM PDT · by Palter · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 07 Sept 2011 | Andy Rathbun
    A Hastings man and his fiancee came face to face with some unexpected wildlife near Prescott, Wis., on Friday afternoon. Derrick Radke and Cheryl McKenna were boating when they found a 3-foot-long alligator swimming in the Mississippi River, near an island where they had planned to camp. Radke said he initially thought the gator was a muskrat - until it swam toward his 16-1/2-foot fishing boat. Radke went after the gator and got as close as a couple feet as it was sunning itself on a log, seemingly unafraid of him. "I've been on the river all my life," said...
  • Man pulls 90-year-old woman from alligator's jaws(FL)

    09/05/2011 5:44:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3 September, 2011 | NA
    COPELAND, FL (WBBH/NBC) - A 90-year-old woman is recovering after a Good Samaritan saved her from an alligator attack on Wednesday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says Margaret Webb was in her front yard near Copeland, FL when the alligator attacked her. Dwain Daniels III was driving by, saw the attack and rushed out of his vehicle to help. "He looked over saw the lady on the ground, half in the water, wheeled around and jumped out of his truck to come to her aid. It appears he was able to pull her away from the gator," said Jayson...
  • Alligator bites boy, 11, at N. Ind. amusement park

    07/12/2011 8:44:51 AM PDT · by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten · 14 replies ^ | 7/12/11 | WRAL
    VALPARAISO, Ind. — Police say an 11-year-old North Carolina boy was bitten on the hand by an alligator at a northern Indiana amusement park after a man invited nearby children to pet the 2-foot-long reptile. The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports the bite Ryan Strand of Concord, N.C, received to one his fingers Sunday wasn't serious. But police are trying to track down the unidentified man who lifted the alligator from its enclosure at Zao (Zay-OH') Island in Valparaiso with a noose and told children they could pet it. The boy's mother, Donna Strand, tells The Times of Munster she and...
  • Independence Police Shoot At Concrete Alligator

    06/02/2011 11:54:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 54 replies
    Fox4KC ^ | 5/31/11
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo.— An alligator caused a lot of commotion for one Independence man Sunday when three Independence police officers shot at his concrete lawn ornament. Rick Sheridan was working in his garage when he heard gunshots. He went around the back of his house to a pond, where he saw three police officers. The three officers had spotted the gator and were lined up on the bank, shooting at the large reptile. "The officer fired two rounds, and killed my concrete, ornamental alligator," Sheridan said. After realizing their bullets were bouncing off the yard art alligator, police left. Sheridan says...
  • Cops: Man said he had alligator because 'chicks dig it'

    05/12/2011 9:49:24 PM PDT · by max americana · 19 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | may 11, 2011 | staff report
    A Ford Heights man kept an alligator in his home because “chicks dig it,” he told police who arrested him. Dewayne Yarbrough, 43, was arrested Thursday at his home in the 800 block of East 11th Place after the Cook County Sheriff’s animal crimes unit received a tip about Yarbrough keeping the American alligator at his home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. He faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous animal. Officers obtained a search warrant for Yarbrough’s home and found the alligator in the kitchen there on Thursday, police said. The alligator is...
  • Gator has run-in with the law, bites patrol car

    05/03/2011 7:32:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Gainesville Sun ^ | May 2, 2011 | Karen Voyles
    Yes, it’s true. Another gator has gotten into trouble with the law. This time it involved trying to take a bite out of a patrol car. On Saturday, a 10-foot alligator bit down on the front bumper of a Crown Victoria that belongs to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy driving the car, Victor Borrero, had to slowly back up the vehicle several feet to get the alligator to release the front bumper of the green-and-white car.