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13-foot alligator caught in swim zone

Gator found at Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area

Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A 13-foot alligator was found Saturday in a designated swimming zone at Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

The Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area is at 5271 North Highway 19 in Fort McCoy.

A deputy called a few trappers for backup, the Sheriff's Office said. Together, they brought the alligator ashore.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-contracted trappers took the gator into their custody, the Sheriff's Office said.

The swimming area was reopened to the public.