Alligator survives at Lago Santo Domingo despite resident’s call that brought out trapper

An alligator survives at Lago Santo Domingo despite a resident’s recent call to the Nuisance Alligator Hotline.

The neighborhood alligator was in risk of capture after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last month dispatched a trapper to the pond in the Village of Santo Domingo.

Community Development District 2 Supervisor Bill Schikora on Friday confirmed the alligator is still alive.

“I saw him yesterday,” Schikora said.

When someone concerned about an alligator calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, FWC will dispatch a contracted alligator trapper. Generally, an alligator may be deemed a nuisance if it is at least four feet in length and the caller believes it poses a threat to people, pets or property.

According to FWC’s own guidelines, the person making the complaint about the alligator must be able to grant legal access to the property on which the alligator is located – and in this case it appears there was some confusion over property ownership.

During Friday’s CDD 2 Board of Supervisors meeting, Schikora pointed out that residents may erroneously believe their property extends all the way to the shoreline.

“There are 15 feet of District property between me and the pond,” Schikora said, who lives at the pond.

As a result of the confusion, the District will be contacting FWC to remind the agency that the District needs to be contacted when a nuisance alligator permit is issued that involves District property.

Residents who live near the pond had expressed concern about the alligator, whom they consider a neighbor. They have suggested the caller to the hotline was unfamiliar with the alligator.