Two Alligators Found in Swimming Pools Around Tampa, Florida

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
May 6, 2016 5:44 pm Last Updated: May 6, 2016 5:44 pm

Alligators were discovered in swimming pools around Tampa, Florida, according to homeowners. Videos of the gators were uploaded online.

Elizabeth Foster of Temple Terrace found a 9-foot-long specimen in her pool, while Palm Harbor resident Nancy Bloch discovered a 7-foot-long alligator in her pool.

They both found them on Wednesday, according to local media reports. According to MYNews13:

– Two homeowners found alligators in their pool
– They broke the screens in both lanais
– Both called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
– FWC says the gator mating season and warmer weather contributes to more active alligators
– Mating season goes from March to May

“I was headed towards the pool pump and something caught my eye and so I looked and there was a giant alligator in my pool,” Foster told the station.

 

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She called a gator trapper to the scene. Two hours later, the gator, which was named “Loch Ness,” was removed.

“He chose my pool, so I felt very special. So, I thought I should name him,” she added. “It was a male. So, I thought, yeah, he’s my Loch Ness Monster.”

The gator weighed about 250 pounds.

On the other side of town, Bloch found the 7-foot-long gator. Her dog started barking.

“I went to see what she was barking at and I saw a very large shadow on the bottom of the pool,” she told Bay 9 News.

The FWC was called and it removed the animal.