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Alligator kills woman trying to protect her dog at resort

Aug. 20, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A woman who often walked her dog near a golf course lagoon across the street from her vacation home was killed Monday by an alligator that dragged her into the greenish water at a private resort on the South Carolina coast. Authorities said 45-year-old Cassandra Cline was...

The Latest: Woman often walked dog near site of gator attack

Aug. 20, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal alligator attack in South Carolina. (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A man staying in a house near the site of a fatal alligator attack in South Carolina says the victim walked her dog on the street daily, and typically carried a bag of treats for her pet....

Alligator found in Pennsylvania woman's backyard

Jul. 23, 2018 6:10 AM EDT

PROSPECT PARK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who was admiring a turtle in her backyard got a surprise when she spotted an alligator just a few feet away. Tracie Hoffecker says she found the 2-to-3-foot-long (0.9-meter) gator near her home in the Philadelphia suburb of Prospect Park on Sunday morning....

Cops responding to 911 call find 4-foot gator in building

Jul. 19, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Police responding to a 911 hang-up call from an abandoned building in western New York found something they weren't expecting: a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter) alligator. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports officers in the city of Batavia were checking out the inside of the building on Monday for...

'Charlie bit my fin!' Gator dines on shark off S Carolina

Jul. 12, 2018 8:25 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — An alligator ate a shark off a South Carolina island, and scientists say the oft-feared fish may become a staple of the reptile's diet. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports a 7-foot (2.1-meter) alligator named Charlie was filmed gobbling up a bonnethead shark Friday in a...

Snap! Alligator tempted by frog captured in Indiana pond

Jul. 11, 2018 12:02 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) — An alligator that was hanging out in a northern Indiana retention pond has been captured after being lured to shore with a frog. Brandon Crawford of Goshen tells WSBT-TV that he and a friend captured the reptile about 3 a.m. Wednesday and turned it over to police in Plymouth, about 20...

Deputy shoots hissing gator, saves girl in tree

Jul. 2, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teenager who climbed into a tree to escape an aggressive alligator while swimming in a creek was rescued by a deputy who shot the giant reptile with a semi-automatic rifle. Jordan Broderick had been hanging in the tree for a half-hour on Friday when Deputy Mitch Blackmon...

"Swamp Brothers" seek help finding rare white gator Snowball

Jun. 27, 2018 7:43 AM EDT

BUSHNELL, Fla. (AP) — A rare white alligator named Snowball was apparently stolen from a north Florida reptile farm owned by the "Swamp Brothers." Sumter County Sheriff's officials said in a news release that Snowball has been missing since a fire broke out at Animal Crossings of Florida Inc. on Friday,...

Teen charged with dumping gator in Florida convenience store

Jun. 26, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say they've charged a teen with dumping a live alligator in a convenience store earlier this month. The Bradenton Herald reports that the 17-year-old boy was issued a misdemeanor citation Friday charging him with illegally possessing or harvesting an American...