Green said, “With all the people swimming out here, it was kind of scary.”For four days, a Marion Parks and Recreation spokesperson, Stacie Causey, said KP Hole park in Dunnellon was closed because of an aggressive gator near the area.
Chad Weber, with Florida Fish and Wildlife told FOX 35, “The suspect gator at Rainbow was taken this morning. The gator was an 8.5 foot female. The location was at the canoe launch within the park, very near the actual incident location. Trappers feel certain they have the right one.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Marion County added, “This was the largest of several alligators captured by the contracted Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) nuisance trapper.”FWC said it assumes the gator was euthanized.
“Oh, it was caught?” asked Green. “Oh great. That’s fabulous!”Eighteen-year-old Edwin Morales, of Palmetto, and his friends drove two hours to go tubing in the park Tuesday morning, only to find out that was the only section closed earlier.
“Aww man. That’s a bummer,” Morales exclaimed. He didn’t seem too concerned at the thought of gators around the area. “Nothin’ like, scary-scary,” he said.Later in the day, the county declared all activities open. Edwin and his friends could finally go tubing.
Marion County officials reminded people to be cautious about alligators in the area and in Florida waterways.“Marion County Parks appreciates the swift and thorough multi-agency response to the nuisance alligator report and continue to monitor the area, working closely with FWC. Guests are reminded to always use caution as alligators are present in Florida's fresh or brackish water,” a spokespersons said.