Lee County in Florida is no stranger to alligator sightings, especially this time of year.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, it is mating season for alligators so it is pretty common to see them in populated areas, especially in areas near waterways and large ponds.
A few years ago, the Lee County Department of Transportation removed an eleven-foot-long alligator from a drain pipe!
Photo of the day from Lee County Dept. of Transportation where they removed an 11-ft alligator from a drain pipe. pic.twitter.com/Ngo0dj8XPA
— Sean Gallitz (@seangallitz) June 14, 2016
Lee County is so used to seeing gators around town that they are practicing social distancing guidelines by using the animal as a gage for how far away to be from another person.
Who else will be using this #Florida style social distancing practice? ?♀️ Thanks to our friends at Leon County for the tip!#FridayFeeling #LeeVotes2020
On April 19, 2020, alligator season kicked off with an eight-footer emerging in a gated community and attempting to get onto a resident’s front porch. News-Press reports that the gator even climbed up and down a flight of the resident’s stairs.
Two deputies and a nuisance trapper responded to the call and were able to capture the animal. The Sheriff’s Office warns people who live near water especially to stay on high alert during this time and to stay safe.
See the photo of the gator below.