LABELLE, FLORIDA -- This young alligator was spotted at the back door of a Laurel Oaks residence in Port LaBelle this week. Recent record rains have raised canal and lake levels encouraging alligators to explore territory to which they otherwise had no access. This gator was estimated to be about one and one-half to two years old and was about three foot long. It wandered off shortly after the photo was taken.
It is against the law to feed or harrass alligators in Florida. If you do discover an alligator four foot or longer in a residential area, you may call the Sheriff's department or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Division who may send a trapper out if the gator poses a danger to the neighborhood.