Pinecrest

Alligator caught behind a Pinecrest home — but, uh-oh, where is his buddy?

A seven and a half foot alligator was caught by a trapper behind a a Pinecrest home Wednesday morning.
A seven and a half foot alligator was caught by a trapper behind a a Pinecrest home Wednesday morning.

A 7 1/2-foot alligator made itself cozy in the backyard of a Pinecrest home Wednesday morning.

But the unwelcome visitor was soon caught by a licensed nuisance animal catcher.

Now Pinecrest police say the alligator's buddy may still be lurking in the canal near the 7100 block of 133rd Street.

A homeowner reported seeing an alligator Tuesday night, prompting the village's police department to post a warning on social media.

“It is mating season for Florida's estimated 1.3 million alligators,” the police department tweeted. “Each spring alligators leave their watery homes in search of food, a mate and, eventually, sex.”

This year, with an unusually wet South Florida winter,, gators have been roaming farther than normal to find their mates and have shown up on porches, in pools and other places from Florida to South Carolina.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was contacted and a trapper showed up Wednesday morning to catch the Pinecrest prowler.

Pinecrest police urged residents with alligator concerns to call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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