VIDEO: Gator removed from Fort Myers apartment complex

Posted at 10:35 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 22:43:30-04

Video sent in by Fox 4 viewer Errika Davis shows a gator thrashing around after being removed from a pond at a Fort Myers apartment complex.

The gator was removed from the pond at Bay Breeze near Iona.

Neighbors said the gator was making people living in the complex nervous. One man said the gator was bothering him and his young son while they were fishing.

Some are glad to see the gator removed from the pond, saying it's a safety hazard, but many people are questioning why the gator was removed from what they say is a "natural habitat."

Four in Your Corner reached out to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A spokesman said only property owners can file a complaint to have a gator removed, not people renting a property. FWC has a nuisance gator program, which determines whether a complaint to them results in removal of the gator, and these decisions are made on a case by case basis. Only trappers contracted by FWC can remove the gators.

If you believe there is a nuisance gator where you live, FWC has a hotline number: 888-FWC-GATOR.