At 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Sept. 11, a local trapper removed the alligator in Zeta Pond. Nicknamed Gerald, Rona and Zetar, the reptile was measured to be 11-feet 4-inches and will be moved to Fort Meade, a city in Polk County, Florida, according to Director of Campus Safety and Security Tonya Womack.
Students who had returned for block one noticed the alligator, and posed safety concerns for people or pets walking near Zeta Pond.
After it was reported to campus safety, Womack called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program. This program helps remove alligators that may be considered a threat to “people, pets or property.