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Trapper removes 4 gators from Sarasota County school campus

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A surveillance camera on school grounds captured this image of a gator walking on campus. A surveillance camera on school grounds captured this image of a gator walking on campus.
OSPREY, Fl. - Officials say a wildlife trapper removed four alligators from a Sarasota County school campus in one day this week.

Pine View School principal Stephen Covert says alligators have been spotted on the sprawling Osprey campus in the past, but the four that were captured Thursday was an unusually high number.

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Covert says the trapper played a mating call from a recorder, removed them from the school and let them go at an unknown location. One of the gators was more than 8 feet long.

The animals were caught during the school day, but Covert says it was not a disruption to the students.

Covert told The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the alligators likely came from fenced-in nearby retention ponds in search of mates.

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