Latest Alligators News

Man survives alligator attack, but with 65 stitches

Sep. 20, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Mark Johnson, 61, has lived his entire life around alligators. That’s why he was so surprised when one tried to grab him and drag him into a canal behind his southeastern Port St. Lucie home. Johnson managed to get the gator to let go of his leg by digging both of his...

Cars and a motorcycle are underwater as water floods a street, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At least 1 dead, hundreds rescued after Hurricane Sally

Sep. 16, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, killing at least one person, swamping homes and forcing the rescue of hundreds as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous...

A barge runs aground along downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, as Hurricane Sally moves inland. Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. (Tony Giberson//Pensacola News Journal via AP)

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally has weakened to a depression but is still dumping torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center said winds of the once-powerful hurricane have decreased to about 35 mph, with some higher gusts....

In this image made from video, an alligator is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Moss Point, Miss.. As Hurricane Sally's outer bands reached the U.S. Gulf Coast and landfall was imminent, the manager of Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours was hoping he wouldn't have to live a repeat of what happened at the gator farm during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)

'Sigh of relief': Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch

Sep. 16, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — As rain and wind from Sally started reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as...

Woman hospitalized following alligator attack in Florida

Sep. 11, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A woman was attacked by an alligator Thursday morning while trimming trees near a lake in Florida, officials said. The 27-year-old woman had been working near the water in North Fort Myers when the 10-foot (3-meter) reptile ambushed her, according to a Florida Fish and...

University of Florida vets treating big gator for leg injury

Sep. 8, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 38-year-old alligator named Bob is on the mend thanks to a team of veterinarians at the University of Florida. Bob was taken last week from his home at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park for an evaluation in Gainesville. His right rear leg had been hurting and the...

2 alligators stolen from enclosure at pet store, police say

Aug. 25, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — State police are searching for a pair of alligators stolen earlier this month from a pet store in western Pennsylvania. Police in Indiana County say the alligators — a 6-foot-long female and a 4-foot-long male — were taken from an outdoor enclosure at Pearce's Pet Place in...

Officials: Alligator hunter bitten on arm in central Florida

Aug. 21, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — An alligator hunter was attacked and bitten on the arm Thursday night on Lake Jesup in central Florida, sheriff's officials said. Seminole County Sheriff's spokesman Bob Kealing told news outlets that they received a call for assistance around 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The man was flown to...

Alabama man finds alligator swimming in his backyard pool

Aug. 2, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama homeowner woke up to an unexpected visitor swimming in his backyard pool: an alligator. WALA-TV reports that Steven McCulland of Mobile recorded the unwanted guest on video and posted it on social media. In the video, McCulland shows the alligator and sounds stunned as he...

Alligator captured after surfacing in suburban Chicago lake

Jul. 31, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

LYNWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A 3-foot-long (.91 meter-long) alligator that surfaced in a suburban Chicago lake has been captured and will eventually be moved to a reptile park, officials said Friday. The gator, which has been named “Alex,” was captured in the lake in the Cook County village of...