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Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an alligator that had made its way into a woman’s yard near Tampa.

During the removal, the reptile bit onto a broom that had been provided by the homeowner.

The deputy holding the broom then slowly dragged the creature back to a nearby pond.

Alligators have been making more frequent appearances as mating season goes underway.

Homeowners in Sarasota were surprised when a gator popped up at their front door. Another gator was recently spotted outside a fire station in Fort Myers, and a couple days before that, a gator blocked traffic on a highway, again in Fort Myers.

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