Florida giant alligator ‘Humpback’ is real: officials urger crowds to avoid
Published 7:07 am Friday, January 20, 2017
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.
The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator, nicknamd ‘Humpback,’ estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering across a trail.
Officials are concerned the increased attention brought on by the video could pose a danger to the gators. Polk County Natural Resources Director Jeff Spence says they’ve already asked one person to leave who ran off a trail hoping for a picture of the animal.
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If a person is involved in an incident with a gator, Spence says the animal will most likely have to be killed.
He says they don’t want to have to do that “because someone is doing something they shouldn’t.”