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Bartow, Florida -- For safety purposes, Polk County officials have closed the Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve after an alligator began showing protective actions against visitors walking or bicycling near her young offspring.

Alligators often become territorial and protective of their nests and young during this time of year. Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division staff will monitor the situation and reopen the trail when it is determined to be safe for visitors.

For a location map and general information on Polk County environmental lands, visit www.polknature.com. For additional information regarding trail closures, contact Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division at (863) 534-7377.

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