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Two alligators feast on a corpse in Broward canal

Taming the gator: How the experts learn to handle alligators

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission brought six officers to Everglades Alligator Farm in Homestead for training on how to safely handle an alligator. The training in May coincided with alligator mating season, which has led allig
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission brought six officers to Everglades Alligator Farm in Homestead for training on how to safely handle an alligator. The training in May coincided with alligator mating season, which has led allig

Police responded to a call Monday about a scene straight from a South Florida crime novel — a body was found being eaten by two alligators in a canal on the edge of Everglades.

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Davie police found exactly that when they arrived at 7101 U.S. 27, on the western edge of the town of Southwest Ranches. Two alligators — a big one, and a little one — were eating a corpse that had not been identified. Authorities have not determined if the body belonged to a man or a woman. Nor did police know the cause of death.

“The body has been in the water for a while,” said Capt. Dale Engle, spokesman for Davie police.

After working with trappers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservations Commission to handle the alligators, a dive team pulled the body from the canal late Monday. Officials continue to investigate the death and the person’s identity.

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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