NewsSarasota, Manatee County


Florida authorities warn of road rage among mating gators

Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 13:13:31-04

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Aggressive driving is always a hazard, but officials say Florida drivers also have to be on the lookout for potentially aggressive alligators, especially around this time of year.

RELATED: Alligator mating season is here — this is what you need to know

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office warned motorists that it’s that time of year when alligators, um, fall in love but might not always be so affectionate.

A male gator measuring 9-feet-2-inches had to be removed from a roadway after it was spotted “being aggressive with traffic” on Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies captured the reptile and relocated him to an alligator farm.

Wildlife officials say mating season in Florida begins in early April and could continue into June.