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Officials Concerned About Growing Attention at Florida Animal Preserve After Massive Gator Sighting

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    RAW VIDEO: Lakeland Police say a massive alligator was spotted in the Circle B Bar Reserve. (Published Monday, Jan. 16, 2017)

    Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.

    The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering across a trail.

    WFLA-TV reports officials are concerned the increased attention brought on by the video could pose a danger to the gators. Polk County Natural Resources Director Jeff Spence says they've already asked one person to leave who ran off a trail hoping for a picture of the animal.

    If a person is involved in an incident with a gator, Spence says, the animal will most likely have to be killed.

    Courtesy Fontenelle Forest Rehabilitation Center

    He says they don't want to have to do that "because someone is doing something they shouldn't.''