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11-Foot Dead Alligator Pulled from Fort Myers Storm Drain

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It started off as a foul smell, then workers discovered a very dead alligator stuck in this Fort Myers catch basin.

You would think workers with the Department of Transportation have a fairly mundane job. That wasn’t the case on June 13, when the Lee County DOT crew arrived at a Whiskey Creek community catch basin and discovered a wedged alligator dead in the drain.

The 11-foot gator had made its way along a 14-by-24 inch pipe, but was found in the larger 4-foot-wide catch basin. This area was located 2 to 3 feet below ground level.

The DOT receives about two calls a year for alligators but none have been for an animal this large before. “This was an abnormally large gator,” said Randy Cerchie, director of the county’s DOT. “It’s just part of what we do.”

After posing for a photo, the gator was disposed of at a dumping site.

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11-Foot Dead Alligator Pulled from Fort Myers Storm Drain