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Alligator trapper working to remove alligator from Piney Point site

FWC says an alligator trapper will be working with the facility's staff members to remove the gator.

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Wildlife crews are working to remove an alligator that found its way into the waters of the former Piney Point phosphate mining facility.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) was contacted to help remove an alligator from Piney Point.

A spokesperson for FWC says an alligator trapper will be coordinating with the facility's staff members to remove the gator.

FWC says SNAP uses contracted nuisance alligator trappers to remove gators that are believed to be a threat to people, pets or property. Wildlife leaders also add that it is rare for alligators to cause serious injuries in Florida.

If you have concerned an alligator, you are urged to report it to Florida's Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). The state will dispatcher contracted trappers to evaluate the situation.