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12-foot, nearly 600 lb gator caught in pond near Florence County home

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FLORENCE, SC -

A large alligator was caught on Tuesday in Florence County after it persisted staying near a home that has children and family pets.

The 12-foot, 575 pound gator was near a home on Old River Road, said Dennis Matherly, owner of Pee Dee Wildlife Control.

"It's showed up in a man's pond and wouldn't go away," said Matherly, who has been an Alligator Control Agent with SC since 1988.

The man, who lives about 5 miles southeast of Florence, called Matherly's company who caught and then killed the animal.

The large gator was killed because nuisance gators are not allowed to be moved, according to state law, Matherly said.

If moved, the nuisance gators could pose a danger to other humans or could return to their former homes, he said.

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