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13-foot alligator caught in Marion County, deputies say

Gator found in swimming zone at Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area

Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A 13-foot alligator was found Saturday in a designated swimming zone at Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

The Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area is at 5271 North Highway 19 in Fort McCoy.

A deputy called a few trappers for backup, the Sheriff's Office said. Together, they brought the alligator ashore.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-contracted trappers took the gator into their custody, the Sheriff's Office said.

The swimming area was reopened to the public.