Latest Alligators News

Customer finds 7-foot gator inside Florida post office

Jun. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — They say neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night will stop the U.S. Postal Service, but an alligator could get in the way. That's what happened at the Spring Hill Post Office in Florida's Hernando County, according to a sheriff's office...

Reptile Time: Indianapolis Zoo opens new gator, croc exhibit

Jun. 06, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With cool reptilian indifference, the three massive alligators floated in the pond, keeping an eye on the crowd walking around them. Only occasionally did they push through the water with their clawed feet or armored tails. Content to lounge in the...

Alligator slips away from home into river, is recaptured

May. 29, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An alligator that wandered away from his owner's Pennsylvania home slipped into the Susquehanna River but was found the following day. Oscar is believed to have gotten out of the pen at the Wrightsville home sometime Thursday, the York Daily...

Louisiana gator swaps swamp life for Texas beach getaway

May. 26, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Texas (AP) — A young alligator traced to the Louisiana bayous traded swamp scum for a sandy Padre Island beach in South Texas. In an unusual spin from “Jaws,” the gator showed up Monday on Malaquite Beach, about 25 miles (40.23...

Mississippi alligator hunting season to open in August

May. 24, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Alligator hunting in Mississippi opens in late August. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks recently announced the 2021 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season will open at 12 p.m. on Aug. 27 and run through 12 p.m. on Sept....

Louisiana takes applications for public lands gator harvest

May. 22, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking lottery applications to harvest alligators on public lands. Applications are due by June 30 for hunts from Aug. 25 through Oct. 30. There are a total of 431...

Michigan sanctuary trains officers how to catch alligators

May. 16, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Mich. (AP) — Every year, alligators are found in Michigan. Most of them are small alligators still living in aquariums in people’s homes. But sometimes calls come in for larger alligators spotted in ponds or creeks. In 2019, a man was collecting minnows in...

Reward offered in case of gator found with eyes, snout taped

May. 06, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gatorland is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the person who taped shut an alligator's eyes and snout, leaving it for dead. “I was absolutely outraged, I mean that anyone would do that to any living creature,” Gatorland's...

Alligator, cow delay Houston traffic, turn commute into zoo

Apr. 28, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Some days, Houston area traffic can be a nightmare. Other days, it can be a zoo, literally. A cow and an alligator caused traffic delays on Wednesday during separate incidents in which the animals took themselves for a spin on Houston area roadways. ...

Florida deputy kicks alligator out of backyard swimming pool

Apr. 26, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

A sheriff's deputy got one of those only in Florida calls over the weekend when she had to wrangle an alligator out of a backyard swimming pool. Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Heather Harris “played lifeguard" on Saturday in St. Petersburg, the sheriff's office said...