Gator greets homeowner at front steps

8:15 PM, Apr 26, 2010   |    comments
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Clearwater, Florida - When June Hoopingarner looked out her Scranton Street house Monday afternoon, not only did she see a police officer, she saw an 8-foot long alligator.

"Maybe (the alligator was) looking for breakfast, but I didn't want to be breakfast," Hoopingarner said.

The gator was next to Hoopingarner's front steps behind some bushes. An employee at a nearby warehouse spotted the gator and called police. A trapper later arrived to haul it away.

Hoopingarner took it all in stride. "I don't think he really would have bothered me," she said. "It's just things that happen in Florida."

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Gary Morse says alligators are more active this time of year because of the warmer temperatures. He says if you have a gator in your yard and need it removed, you can call the FWC at 1-866-FWC-GATOR for help.

Preston Rudie, 10 Connects

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