Large alligator captured west of Forest Hill Boulevard

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLA. - Wildlife officials trapped a 12-foot alligator that was found on a sidewalk of Southern Boulevard in Royal Palm Beach this morning, according to a spokeswoman.

Gabriella Ferraro, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the agency had a trapper remove the alligator from the sidewalk near the corner of Southern and Old Crestwood boulevards.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office assisted the FWC with the incident, which took place shortly before 9 a.m., said sheriff's office spokeswoman Eric Davis.

Ferraro added that though the alligator was big, it should be no surprise that it was out and about.

"The warm weather signals alligators being active," she said. "This is the time of the year when you will find them on the sidewalk, or the side of the road looking for food."

The alligator is now property of the trapper, Ferraro said, adding that it is likely that it will be euthanized unless it gets donated to an exhibit.

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