Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hungry Alligator Eats Deputy's Patrol Car

10-foot gator lunches on Fla. deputy's cruiser

May 03 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 10-foot-long alligator has taken a bite out of a Florida deputy sheriff's cruiser.

Authorities say Alachua County Deputy Victor Borrero spotted the gator Saturday evening near the Gainesville Golf and Country Club. It attacked the patrol car while the deputy was waiting for an alligator trapper to show up.

Sheriff's spokesman Todd Kelly says the car's front bumper was heavily damaged. Deputy Borrero chose to remain inside the vehicle during the attack. He apparently feared the gator would break into his vehicle and devour him.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said the alligator was put down (a euphemism for slaughtered) under the state's nuisance gator policy. Under that policy, the trapper is allowed to keep meat and hide from the gator. Borrero was hiding from the gator but was not involved in the trapping, so he gets no gator steaks.

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