Trapper Searches for Gator That Killed Dog in Port Orange

A trapper is searching for an alligator that killed a family's dog in a central Florida subdivision.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the large bulldog went missing last Thursday from his lakefront home in the Skylake subdivision near Port Orange. The dog's body was retrieved from the lake on Monday.

Alligator trapper Curtis Lucas estimates the alligator is 8 to 9 feet. It had not taken the bait set by Lucas as of late Tuesday.

Lucas was sent to the area after residents made a request on Monday with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to have a trapper catch the gator.

He says state law requires nuisance gators over 4 feet to be trapped and killed. Smaller gators are relocated.

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