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A 450-pound gator found wandering on bike trail meets his match

11-foot, 450 pound alligator caught near Davie school

An 11-foot alligator wandering onto a Southwest Ranches bike trail was caught on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission snagged the 450-pound gator after Davie Police found the massive reptile on a bike tra
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An 11-foot alligator wandering onto a Southwest Ranches bike trail was caught on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission snagged the 450-pound gator after Davie Police found the massive reptile on a bike tra

An 11-foot alligator wandering onto a Southwest Ranches bike trail met his match Wednesday morning.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission snagged the 450-pound gator after Davie Police found the massive reptile on a bike trail near the intersection of Griffin Road and Bonaventure Boulevard in Southwest Ranches. A jogger had seen the gator earlier.

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Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone said the trapper for the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program, a division of FWC, estimated the gator to be 40 to 50 years old — certainly older than the human-constructed surroundings. On its Facebook page, Davie Police said SNAP had been looking for the gator for a while. FWC could not be reached for comment.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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