FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — An 11-foot alligator has been found dead in a southwest Florida storm drain after residents complained about clogged drains and a bad odor.
The alligator was discovered Monday after Lee County officials received the calls from the Fort Myers neighborhood.
The Department of Transportation searched for the cause of the odor and found the alligator about 3 feet below ground in a catch basin. Local media outlets report that the alligator came through a 14-by-24 inch pipe, which measures about 4 feet wide.
Lee County public information officer Betsy Clayton said that her office receives calls about twice a year for gators, but most are not as large.
The decaying gator was removed and disposed of at a dump site.