Cocoa Police Patrol Officers Assist With Removal of 9-Foot Gator from Front Door Step

By  //  February 27, 2018

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gator parked himself at 1612 University Lane

HI HONEY, I’M HOME! Cocoa police patrol officers responded to a local apartment complex after receiving a call from worried neighbors about a gator roaming the parking lot. (Cocoa Police image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — Cocoa police patrol officers responded to a local apartment complex Monday afternoon after receiving a call from worried neighbors about a gator roaming the parking lot.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. when officers arrived, the 9-foot gator parked himself on the front doorstep of 1612 University Lane, Unit 903.

Patrol officers immediately contacted the state requesting a gator trapper. After approximately 20-minutes, the trapper arrived.

With assistance from Cpl. John Picheco and Officer Samir Paulino, the gator was safely removed.

According to state wildlife officers, it is common for gators to roam during warm weather searching for water. Experts advise the public if a gator is seen outside its normal habitat, not to feed it or attempt to go near it.

Call local law enforcement or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service to have the gator removed.

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