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Davie Police Helps Wrangle 10-Foot Alligator

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    Alligator Sightings, Attacks On The Rise in Florida

    Police in Davie wrangled a 10-foot alligator on Saturday - but the capture speaks to a larger trend across the Sunshine State.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 24, 2018)

    The Davie Police Department said it helped catch a 10-foot alligator that was being sought.

    The alligator was caught Saturday night in the area of Flamingo Road and Orange Drive by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission with the help of the DPD.

    Police did not detail why they were looking for the alligator.

    Alligator sightings and attacks are not rare. In fact, they're on the rise.

    The American alligator, one of the Sunshine State's most ubiquitous reptiles, wasn't always so. At one point, they were hunted to near extinction and placed on the endangered species list until it was taken off in 1987.

    Since then, scientists say, gator attacks have been on the rise in Florida – and humans may be to blame, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    According to Inside Science, a science news publication, gator bites in Florida "have been on the rise, increasing from an average of just one every three years between 1988 and 1999 to about seven per year between 2000 and 2016."

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