- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Marie Maxwell says she was watching Jeopardy when she heard a knock at the door of her home in the Suntree neighborhood near Viera. When she opened it, an alligator she believes was longer than 6 feet was staring at her.

Maxwell told Florida Today (https://on.flatoday.com/1oGnpmX ) she shut the door and called police on Saturday evening. By the time they arrive, the gator was gone. She believes the alligator retreated into a pond behind her home.

She called an alligator trapper, who on Sunday put what looked like a large pot roast on a rope in the pond.

On Wednesday, something took the bait and Maxwell called the trapper. He pulled a 4-foot alligator from the pond, but Maxwell says it’s smaller than the door-knocking gator.

So the search continues.


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