Gator in viral Lakeland video captured

Aggressive gator with injured tail captured

LAKELAND, Fla. – A Lakeland woman shared a video on her Facebook page of a gator slithering across the road.

The video has since gone viral and thankfully, according to the City of Lakeland Facebook page, the gator has since been captured. 

Sherese Walker said she was driving on Sleepy Hill Road in North Lakeland around 7 p.m. Tuesday when a gator slowed traffic in both directions. Traffic then paused for the gator to cross from the median to the other side of the road. The gator appeared to have an injured tail.

"Never been that close to an alligator. I mean, I done been to Gator Land and seen the alligators at the thing and watching them wrassle, but for me to see one right there in front of me, no I haven’t," Walker said.

Walker’s video has 81,000 views as of Wednesday morning. The Lakeland Police Department also shared Walker's video.

"Don’t mess with the alligators," Sgt. Gary Gross said. "Don’t try to take a selfie, get up close. We know everybody’s got a cell phone. Stay away from the alligators."

Gross said the department gets several calls a month for situations like this.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission called a trapper to the area Wednesday. He tried to use alligator grunting sounds to lure the gator, but it didn't come out. The trapper said he might set up a trap Thursday.

FWC said it's been a record year for gator attacks. There have been 16 so far in 2016, which is tied with 2001 for the most in a year.

Luckily, this gator hasn't messed with anybody, and nobody's messed with it.

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