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Big alligator slips into Spring Hill post office lobby

A trapper removed the reptile after it was reported by a patron who came in to mail a package.
A patron found an alligator sprawled across the lobby of a Spring Hill post office.
A patron found an alligator sprawled across the lobby of a Spring Hill post office. [ Hernando County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Jun. 10
Updated Jun. 10

SPRING HILL — A trapper removed a 7-foot alligator from the lobby of a post office in Spring Hill early Wednesday.

A patron who came in to mail a package found the alligator at about 3:30 a.m. in the post office at 8501 Philatelic Road, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said. The lobby area has automatic double doors.

The Sheriff’s Office posted notice of the find along with a photo on its Facebook page.

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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, an alligator is considered a “nuisance” animal if it measures 4 feet or more and is deemed a threat to people, pets or property. In this case, the agency sent one of its trappers to help remove the animal safely.

You can alert trappers by calling the agency’s Alligator Hotline — 866-392-GATOR.