75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog.
Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator came from a retention...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A severely decomposed body has been found in a Florida lake, surrounded by alligators.
St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Frenandez tells the Tampa Bay...
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Missouri scientists are trying to save the state's dwindling population of alligator gar, one of the country's largest and most feared species of fish.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The owner of an alligator that escaped from a Pittsburgh home last month is facing charges stemming from the discovery of numerous animals at the residence.
COLUMBIA, La. (AP) — Some 14 alligator snapping turtles reared at a fish hatchery are now swimming about in the wild in Louisiana.
Wednesday's release at Boeuf (BUFF) Wildlife Management...
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man found dead in a pond with alligator bites did not die in a gator attack.
LULING, La. (AP) — Police say a Louisiana deputy trying to remove an alligator from a backyard has been bitten by the animal.
NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune reports the bite happened Monday...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — There have been several reports of alligators in north Alabama in recent weeks, including in the Tennessee River.
An alligator was recently spotted by a man walking...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week.
MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Louisiana say an alligator took a bite out of one of their patrol cars.
WBRZ-TV reports deputies were called Monday to Louisiana Highway 1 in...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Public safety officials in Pittsburgh report having captured another alligator, the third found in the Steel City in the past month.
Alligator captured in Pittsburgh neighborhood
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Animal control officers in Pittsburgh have captured an alligator.
A person walking a dog spotted the 5-foot (1.5 meters) gator in the city's Beechview neighborhood around...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A hungry alligator crashed a picnic date by a Florida lake and gobbled down an entire bowl of guacamole.
Taylor Forte had planned a picnic Thursday for her fiancé...
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-foot (3.4-meter) alligator busted through a kitchen window and broke several bottles of red wine in a Florida home before it was...
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A 26-year-old Florida woman is recovering after being attacked by an alligator while wading in a pond.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say Nichole A. Tillman or...
COCOA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was airlifted to a hospital after an alligator attack.
Brevard County Fire Rescue tweeted Saturday that the woman was attacked near a wilderness park near...
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The life of a nuisance alligator trapper isn't something most people think about, but it certainly isn't like spending days in an office cubicle.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on heavy rainfall in the Houston area (all times local):
Police in suburban Houston have safely relocated an alligator that washed up during heavy...
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a bobcat climbed an electrical power pole and perched high above the traffic crossing Alligator Alley, which cuts across the southern tip of...
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — An alligator that lived at a sanctuary in Baldwin County has been found shot to death.
A sanctuary employee says the alligator, known as Shifty, had been at the...
FERRIDAY, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana sheriff's deputies were not going to let some lounging alligators have it their way.
Concordia Parish sheriff's deputy Walter Mackel tells the Natchez...
MIAMI (AP) — Officials say they were forced to euthanize an 11-foot (3.3 meters) alligator that broke through a chain-link fence into the backyard of a Miami home.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Researchers at North Carolina State University say they found high levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in alligators and striped bass in the Wilmington...
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Wildlife officials say an alligator found in a South Carolina creek without its head or tail was legally killed but improperly disposed of by a professional with a...
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officers say a headless, tailless alligator has appeared in a South Carolina creek in an apparent poaching case.
12-foot, 750-pound gator trapped in Florida
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A massive gator weighing over 700 pounds (318 kilograms) and measuring nearly 12 feet (4 meters) long has been caught in South Florida.
MONROE, La. (AP) — Several Louisiana lawmakers have asked their California counterparts to remove an impending ban on alligator products.
The News-Star reported Thursday that several state...
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says a 13-foot-4-inch (4-millimeter) alligator that weighed at least 700 pounds (317 kilograms) has been found in an irrigation...
Pennsylvania drug bust leads to new tenant at zoo: Alligator
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Pennsylvania drug bust has led to a new resident at a zoo in Delaware: an alligator.
News outlets report the Brandywine Zoo is caring for the 2-foot-long (0.60-meters) alligator that was discovered at a Coatesville, Pennsylvania home during the Feb. 8 drug bust.
‘Alligator’ Ron is a guardian of South Florida’s waterways
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An emergency alert rang through Davie Elementary, a wooden two-room schoolhouse built so long ago that it's now a museum. Ron Bergeron was in the first grade.
"There was a Florida panther on the school grounds," Bergeron recalls with a chuckle.
Surely, the school would shut down until the panther cleared the area, he thought. But this was the Everglades, after all.
Alligator River bridge closed due to mechanical failure
COLUMBIA, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina transportation officials say the Alligator River bridge on U.S. Highway 64 is closed until further notice because of a mechanical failure.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says in a news release Thursday the bridge is closed because of a failure in the swing span's locking mechanisms. A news release says work crews are onsite to assess the problem and determine a timeline for repairs.
Alligators freeze in N. Carolina swamp with noses above ice
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Alligators in one North Carolina swamp have once again allowed themselves to freeze in place with their noses above the ice.
Emotional support alligator offers comfort, sharp teeth
YORK, Pa. (AP) — On a recent Monday afternoon, Joie Henney walked into the Glatfelter Community Center at the Village at Sprenkle Drive, an assisted-living development north of York, with his emotional support animal on a leash.
He walked by an elderly woman sitting on a bench by a window, reading a book. The woman glanced up from her book, took a look at Joie's emotional support animal, shrugged and went back to her book.
Alligator still had sneaker in mouth after attacking man
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A nearly 10-foot (3-meter) alligator that attacked a man in Florida still had his sneaker in its mouth when it was roped ashore.
Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Bruchey says the alligator attacked the man's foot near a lake in Lakeland, Florida, on Monday. Bruchey says the man was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure. He was not seriously injured.
Gator captured after attacking a man in Florida
Florida man attacked by gator, not seriously injured
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — An elderly man was attacked by an alligator in Florida but didn't have serious injuries.
Polk County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Bruchey says the alligator attacked the man's foot near a lake in Lakeland, Florida on Monday.
Bruchey says the man was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.
Low prices make for slow alligator season in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Here's a fashion trend that's good news, if you're an alligator in Louisiana: Prices for skins are down to less than half what they were just five years ago, making for a slow wild harvest.
The director of the state's alligator program estimates that about 18,000 were taken from the wild this year.
Cracklins to boudin: Toups cookbook a treatise on Cajun food
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Despite the title — "Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking" — there are no alligator entries in the New Orleans chef's new cookbook unless you count the photo of Toups' back and the alligator tattoo emblazoned across it. But there is an array of dishes that exemplify the Cajun cooking that Toups grew up on in south Louisiana as well as the special flair he brings to them and to life in general.
Police: Man stored stolen gear in car with dead alligators
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a man inadvertently showed officers two dead alligators stored in the trunk of his car when he went to surrender stolen fishing gear.
News outlets report a Fort Pierce police report says 25-year-old Christian Thomas Elmore was seen Monday leaving a Walmart with the stolen gear. It says the store's loss prevention officer confronted him and asked him to return to the store.
Stranger things: Exotic animals only loosely protected
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The sight of humane officers carrying dozens of tropical birds, a 14-foot boa constrictor, rabbits and rats from a Macungie home recently seemed shocking, if not bizarre. And when officers removed more snakes, as well as skunks, ferrets, alligators and giant tortoises from a Montgomery County home a few days later, the scene bordered on the surreal.
Man attacked by alligator, hospitalized
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a man was hospitalized after being attacked by a 9-foot, 8-inch (3-meter) alligator in Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told news outlets that the 30-year-old man was bitten on the leg Friday morning at Pero Family Farms near Delray Beach.
Officials say the man's injuries weren't life-threatening.
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Gator seized from Kansas City hot tub
Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.
The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.
Police: Man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man was injured after breaking into an alligator farm in Florida and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles, police said.
Police officers responding to reports of vandalism early Tuesday at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park found the underwear-clad man with an injured leg crawling across a nearby yard.
At least 240 animals rescued from ‘deplorable’ home
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — At least 240 animals, including more than 100 snakes, several alligators, five tortoises, two skunks, at least a dozen ferrets and some guinea pigs, have been rescued from a Pennsylvania home.
Robin Royer, a code enforcement officer for Upper Hanover Township, tells the Allentown Morning Call the home's condition was "deplorable."