LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – It was a frightening discovery in one Polk County neighborhood — A 9-foot, 300-pound alligator in the backyard swimming pool.
Craig Lear tells News Channel 8 he came home from work around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and went to let the cats out in their screened-in pool area. He didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary since the family pool has a dark bottom to it; the perfect place for the gator to just blend in.
Lear became suspicious when he saw bubbles floating up to the surface. That’s when he realized there was an alligator at the bottom.
Laura Lear quickly pulled out her phone and began videotaping the incident. In the video you can see that the gator was clearly not giving up without a fight as it wrested with a trapper.
“This is something I see on the news,” Laura said. “Not in my backyard. I saw him and I was like that’s no gator, that’s a big gator.”
“It startled me at first but I knew it wasn’t going to attack me,” Craig said.
The couple believes the alligator came from the lake that’s behind their house and busted right through the screen.
It’s a scare for them, but Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission officials and trappers see it all the time.