Officials Found A 16-Foot Predator Underneath A Florida Resident’s Home

In 2019, officials from the South Florida Water Management District received a disturbing call. Homeowners found a 16-foot-long creature underneath their home. When the officials heard, they knew that they had to capture that animal to protect the local wildlife. What was it, and how does it harm the Florida Everglades? Read on to learn about the state’s battle against a vicious predator.

An Unusual Call From The Florida Everglades

A house is seen in the Florida everglades.
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In July 2019, Ron Bergeron of the South Florida Water Management District received a call from the Florida Everglades. Homeowners there discovered a 16-foot-long predator crawling underneath their home.

Even worse, the predator–which weighed 165 pounds–posed an enormous threat to Florida wildlife. So what was it, and how did it get there?