Florida man confronts hissing alligator in storm gutter

(WFTV/CNN) — A Florida man says he felt the earth shake when he went to check his mailbox, and that’s when he discovered an alligator was living in the drain system.

“It was pretty loud, it definitely got my attention,” said Apopka resident Louis Camacho.

An eight-foot alligator snuck up on Camacho when he came out to get the mail. He was practically standing on top of the gator.

“I could hear him and feel him. I could feel it under my feet, the vibration,” he said. “I moved over and looked down, thinking it was some type of earthquake, but it wasn’t. Then I felt the vibration again.”

It was a vibration created by the gator’s mighty hiss. “I guess to warn me, to back off.”

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says an alligator this big can be very dangerous, especially when it feels cornered. Crews say they’ve seen gators in gutters, but it’s not common.

We asked if the FWC would have trappers remove the gator and it told us likely yes, because it’s in a neighborhood with children and pets.

But Camacho says he wasn’t worried about it because he’s seen it around this retention pond behind his house before.

He was more nervous a few days ago, however, when a 300-pound bear showed up in the same area.

Who needs a zoo when you have bears and gators in your backyard? Still, Camacho said “honestly, I love it. I respect nature, you know, and I give it its space and they’ve given me my space.”

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