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A Florida woman wanted to leave her house. But something very large was lurking outside.

Not the most comfortable feeling, knowing that there’s a large alligator lurking outside your home.

For hours.

That’s what one Florida woman was dealing with Thursday afternoon.

Victoria McCallister, of Orlando, told WESH 2 News that she was getting ready to leave her home when she spotted the 8- to 9-foot-long reptile outside her garage door.

Needless to say, instead of stepping outside, McCallister called animal services, which directed her to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The FWC told the TV station that a trapper was sent out to take the alligator off her property, but it eventually had to be shot due to its overaggressive behavior.

A report sent to the Miami Herald confirmed the incident.

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“An FWC contracted nuisance alligator trapper responded to a call to FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline about an alligator at 7210 Minippi Drive in Orlando,” read the FWC’s email. “He removed an alligator located near the front door of that residence. The alligator measured eight to nine feet.”

The release goes on to say that people with concerns about an alligator hanging out on their property should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

“When someone concerned about an alligator calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, we will dispatch one of our contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation.”

The gator got national attention, with the “Today Show’s” Savannah Guthrie reporting about the toothy beast Friday morning.

“Oh!” said Guthrie’s colleague Al Roker in the background. “Wow!”

Celebrity/real time news reporter Madeleine Marr has been with The Miami Herald since 2003. She has covered such features as travel, fashion and food. In 2007, she helped launch the newspaper’s daily People Page, attending red carpet events, awards ceremonies and press junkets; interviewing some of the biggest names in show business; and hosting her own online show. She is originally from New York City and has two daughters.
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