Alligator found at Tampa Bay area school parking lot

Image courtesy North Port Police.

NORTH PORT, FL (WFLA) – Atwater Elementary School had an unusual visiting ‘student’ several days ago, according to North Port Police.

An alligator found its way to the school’s parking lot. The school is located at 4701 Huntsville Ave. Officer Alexander Fisher worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife crew to safely capture the gator.

The photo of the alligator was posted on the North Port Police Facebook page Monday.

Officer Fisher also took time and explained one of the students who was in a car with his parent important things about alligator safety. The parent wrote to North Port Police to thank the officer:

“I want to thank the officer who was outside Atwater Elementary school with a captured alligator. My son was in the car and he offered for him to come out to see the alligator and give him a lesson on safety when he is around water and if he were to be close to an alligator. My son talked about this all weekend. Thank you for taking the time to make that a lesson and taking the opportunity to interact positively with him. It really made his weekend!”

The alligator will be safely relocated to Cecil Webb Wildlife Management Area.

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