Neighbors Upset After Gator Eats Cat

By: AP
By: AP

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) --

Neighbors in Palm Bay neighborhood are on high alert after a large alligator ate a cat.

Seventy-year-old Robert Geraci was browsing the Internet and
sipping coffee Tuesday morning when he heard loud splashing in the
canal behind his mobile home park. Geraci looked out and saw the
cat in the gator's mouth.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials went
to the scene Tuesday and agreed to send a trapper to catch the
alligator. Gators larger than 4-feet are destroyed and the trapper
gets to keep the meat and hide.

Meantime, Geraci is warning neighbors to be careful with pets
around the water.

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  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    Let nature do it's thing. And if you want to keep your pets, then control them.
  • by IRLagoon Location: Palm Bay, Florida on May 12, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    Like the bumper sticker sez --- I like animals: they taste good!!!
  • by Matt Dillon Location: Dodge City on May 12, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Where I come from, we shoot cats for target practice. Then we sell them to the local chinese food establishment. :P
  • by Crimson Brotha Location: Tallahassee on May 12, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Hee hee hee, that snow bird got a good show. Nature at it's best. Gators say" eat mo cat" and "eat mo of anything". hee hee hee!If that ole snow bird gets too close to water that ole gator will have some old goat for sure!
  • by big shady Location: East 90 on May 11, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    Theres more gators than mosquitos in this state. They should open up the season on them state wide for a year, If you have a hunting license then you can shoot gators. It would help thin the population. But noooooooooo the mighty FWC seems to think these reptiles are "special" and require $250 dollars for residents to be able to hunt them and requires the use of other special equipment that is quite expensive also. Its a reptile, I wish they would get that through their heads
  • by dilligas Location: havana on May 11, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    Whats the big deal over a feral cat. All cats on my property are feral. Ones with collars are high class feral.
  • by Carmen on May 11, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    I've never seen a "good" gator. Kill them all...the reptiles, not UF supporters.
  • by Sonny Location: Tallahassee on May 11, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Hey live in Florida. There are alligators here. They were here first. One less cat isn't going to make a difference. Maybe that's how we can curb all these ferrel cat problems.
  • by we Location: fl on May 11, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    gators like dogs best,animal control at its best.
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on May 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    Hello? I eat alligators! Alligators are wild reptiles. They feed, and reproduce, end of story. A 'gator, on the grill with some Mrs. Dash, is a wonderful thing...The smoke, the sweetness of the 'gator, yum. A cat, by a canal in Florida?I am a Florida native, been there, done it, from Fort Lauderdale. This old man, I am sure he now-has issues, but it is not the 'gators fault.
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