Deputies were called to the western shore of Scott Lake in the Lakeland Highlands neighborhood about a nuisance gator that was spotted not far from Lakeland Highlands Middle School.
The sheriff's office said the caller was worried because there were kids walking to school nearby.
A trapper was called out to collect the estimated 10-foot-long reptile, which weighed between 700 and 800 pounds. The gator did not go without a fight.
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Trapper Doug Payne told the Lakeland Ledger that the gator was taken to a processor, where its meat and hide were harvested.
Deputy Ashtin Mosley recorded a video of the gator which was posted to the Polk County Sheriff's Twitter page on Friday.
"And no, she won't be sporting a new belt and boots next week," the post read.
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