Florida Deputy, Trappers Pull Big Gator From Swimming Hole

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FORT MCCOY (CBSMiami/AP) — Gators can pop up in just about any body of water in the state of Florida and residents should always be on their toes.

People may want to think twice before going for a swim at the Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area in north Florida.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office posted photos on its official Facebook account of a 13-foot alligator that had “taken residence” in a designated swimming zone in the recreation area near Ocala.

Deputy David Christmas called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Saturday after getting a call about the gator. The wildlife agency called in local trappers who helped the deputy pull the gator from the swimming hole.

The trappers took custody of the gator, and the area was reopened to swimmers.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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