Authorities in Hillsborough found an alligator tethered to a tree behind an apartment complex. (Florida Fish and Wildlife)
A nearly 12-foot-long alligator was found tethered to a tree behind an apartment complex near the Hillsborough River and authorities are still working to determine who captured the beast, The Tampa Tribune is reporting.
The gator was found last week behind the Rivertree Landing Apartments with a parachute cord preventing it from floating too far down the Hillsborough River.
Florida Fish and Wildlife was called to the scene when someone who works at the apartment spotted the gator and called. A licensed trapper was sent, but because the gator was more than 4 feet long, he was required by Florida law to kill it rather than relocate it, according to the Tribune.
Authorities still don't know who caught the gator but they were told by residents and witnesses that "some young individuals" captured the gator and were feeding it cats, the newspaper reports.
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