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Alligator Chases People Across Wendy’s Parking Lot in Ft. Myers

Deputies Came to the Rescue After an Unwelcome Visitor Tried a Make a Pick Up from the Wendy's Drive Thru in Ft. Myers, Then it Started Chasing People in the Parking Lot

The Lee County Sheriff's Office Responded and posted pictures of the encounter and the capture. Everyone was safe.

“He may have just been ‘hangry’ for a cheeseburger, but he gave many quite the scare,” officials from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office joked on Twitter.

Deputies from the Lee County sheriff’s office, along with a nuisance alligator trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, responded to reports of a gator in Lehigh Acres, just east of Fort Myers, on Monday afternoon (5/17/21)

.The gator, measuring 7-feet-3-inches, was eventually trapped in the parking lot of the Lehigh Acres Health & Rehabilitation Center across the street from the Wendy’s, FWC confirmed. The animal has since been relocated to an alligator farm, the FWC confirmed.

Officials with the FWC say the gator was likely attempting to move “between two waterbodies” when it was spotted in the parking lots.

It is Gator mating season. The FWC, says that the courtship process for the state of Florida's more than one million alligators begins in April, each year. Mating then happens in May or June before females build a nest and deposit about 32 to 46 eggs. After 63 to 68 days of incubation, the eggs will hatch from mid-August through early September.

The FWC added that anyone concerned about an alligator in their area should contact the FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR.

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