Massive Alligator Killed After Being Spotted With Human Remains In Its Mouth In Florida Canal

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Authorities in Tampa Bay, Florida, euthanized a 13-foot, 8.5-inch, alligator after they found human remains inside its mouth. According to a press release, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office removed the large alligator after receiving a call about a body found in a canal near Largo. The alligator, which was found with human remains in its jaws by Jamarcus Bullard who contacted police after seeing the body, was “humanely” killed. This was done with the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Jamarcus Bullard, who contacted police after seeing the human remains in the alligator’s jaws, described spotting the alligator to

local station WFLA.“I threw a rock at the gator just to see if it was really a gator, and it pulled the body, like it was holding on to the lower part of the torso, and pulled it under the water,” Bullard said.

He went on to detail watching authorities corral the alligator after the shocking encounter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvdah6O-tRE“They spotted it over here on this side,” Bullard told the local outlet. They pulled out the head with a long stick and shot it. Once they had it retracted, they measured the length and shot it again. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported that the Medical Examiners Office was investigating the manner and cause death of the victim. American alligators are typically found in freshwater lakes, slow-moving rivers and sometimes in brackish water habitats, but rarely in salt water, according to the FWC.

From 1948 to 2021, 26 people were fatally killed in alligator attacks in Florida,

according to the agency

.