Big gator: Florida police remove 12-foot, 750-pound reptile

Police in Jupiter get a 12-foot alligator under control Thursday morning.
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Police in Jupiter get a 12-foot alligator under control Thursday morning.

Credit: Jupiter Police Department

Credit: Jupiter Police Department

Police in a South Florida city removed a 12-foot alligator weighing approximately 750 pounds from a commerce park Thursday, WPTV reported.

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Authorities believe the reptile could be close to 100 years old, the television station reported.

Officers from the Jupiter Police Department responded to a call from a business owner at the Jupiter Commerce Park, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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“The call came in that somebody spotted a gator so we responded to the area and realized it was a pretty big gator,’’ Kristin Rightler, a public information officer for Jupiter Police, told the newspaper.

The department posted photographs on its Facebook page of officers and wildlife officials capturing the alligator, which was transported to a "safe place" and released, WPEC reported.

Photos of the reptile have been shared more than 900 times on Facebook.