Latest Alligators News

Pittsburgh council requires reptile owners to register pets

Dec. 4, 2019 4:49 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Owners of alligators and other dangerous reptiles in Pittsburgh will be required to register their pets with the city under an ordinance that was approved Tuesday. The ordinance requires owners of alligators, crocodiles and venomous snakes to store and transport their pets in escape-proof...

Uninvited gator interrupts Florida family’s Thanksgiving

Nov. 29, 2019 4:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida family refused to make room at their Thanksgiving table for an uninvited guest, who was so angry at being left out that he repeatedly slammed the front door. Homeowner Chhaa Behary says she peeked through her window to get a good look at the unwanted visitor, and saw what...

Hunter thought he would die in the swamp when gator bit him

Nov. 13, 2019 10:30 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hours after an alligator bit James Boyce on the leg deep inside a swamp, the avid hunter had resigned himself to dying. He made his goodbyes with his wife, Terisa. They had tightened their belts around his thigh as a tourniquet, but he was bleeding heavily and going in and out...

Authorities ID hunter attacked by alligator in Florida

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida have identified a man they say was hunting hogs when he was attacked by an alligator. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Sunday said 46-year-old James G. Boyce, of Palm Beach Gardens, suffered a "substantial" bite to his leg while...

1 airlifted to hospital after Florida alligator attack

Nov. 9, 2019 4:20 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A person was airlifted to a hospital after an alligator attack near a wildlife reserve in Florida. According to 12 News , Martin County Fire Rescue said they found the person in DuPuis Management Area on Saturday morning, a reserve bridging southwestern Martin County and...

Alligator without head or tail found near Florida boat ramp

Nov. 1, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A mutilated, dead alligator has been found in Florida, the second in less than a month. The most recent discovery came when a kayaker spotted the carcass near a boat ramp in Stuart on Thursday. That's on Florida's east coast. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the gator was missing its...

Inmate charged with feeding iguanas to alligator at jail zoo

Oct. 23, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at a Florida Keys jail fed iguanas, including one considered a pet, to an alligator at a small zoo run by the jail. The Miami Herald reports the Monroe County jail inmate, Jason Aaron Gibson, was charged Monday with animal cruelty. He was already being held...

Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

Oct. 17, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a...