Polk County deputies encounter massive alligator near school in Lakeland

Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office encountered a large alligator that was sunning on a sidewalk in the Lakeland area on Thursday morning.

Deputies were called to the western shore of Scott Lake in the Lakeland Highlands community about a nuisance gator that was spotted not far from Lakeland Highlands Middle School.

A trapper was called out to collect the estimated 10-foot-long, 800-pound reptile, which 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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