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Officials Concerned About Growing Attention at Florida Animal Preserve After Massive Gator Sighting

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    RAW VIDEO: Lakeland Police say a massive alligator was spotted in the Circle B Bar Reserve. (Published Monday, Jan. 16, 2017)

    Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.

    The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering across a trail.

    WFLA-TV reports officials are concerned the increased attention brought on by the video could pose a danger to the gators. Polk County Natural Resources Director Jeff Spence says they've already asked one person to leave who ran off a trail hoping for a picture of the animal.

    If a person is involved in an incident with a gator, Spence says, the animal will most likely have to be killed.

    He says they don't want to have to do that "because someone is doing something they shouldn't.''