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Gator goes for dip in Florida homeowner's backyard pool

(Photos: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via Facebook)
(Photos: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second time in a month, a massive alligator was found frolicking in a Florida homeowner's backyard swimming pool -- this time in Odessa.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office posted images and a video clip of the wayward gator on Facebook Thursday afternoon, estimating it to be 9 feet long.

A licensed trapper was called in to remove the gator from a home on Muirfield Drive located within The Eagles gated community, according to the post.

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The fate of the reptile was not disclosed. 

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, nuisance alligators -- defined as those that measure four feet long and threaten people or property -- often are killed for their hide and meat, the primary source of income for licensed trappers.

Thursday's discovery comes nearly a month after deputies were called to help with the removal of an estimated 11-foot-long alligator from a Sarasota homeowner's pool.


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