Simonsen emphasized that people who live in areas where gators are common should always be aware of their surroundings. Residents shouldn't leave their doors open, he said. Simonsen added that he's found gators in unusual places.
"Pools, garages, lanais, stairwells, vehicles. I even captured one in an elevator," he told WFTX-TV.
Anyone who encounters an alligator shouldn't touch it and should immediately call police or animal control, Simonsen said.