An alligator was spotted at 9:20 a.m. this morning in some bushes near the intersection of Cypress Point Parkway and Cypress Edge Drive in Palm Coast. The gator, more than 5 feet long, was sitting by the crosswalk then suddenly scampered across the road, using the white-striped crosswalk as if it had been trained to do so.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Kenny Goncalves (left in the image above) and Deputy Jonathon Duenas stopped traffic to allow the animal to cross, which took about 30 seconds, according to a release the sheriff’s office issued this afternoon.
A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called but before he could arrive on scene, the gator went to a wooded lot and back to its natural habitat. The trapper was canceled. (Alligators may be hunted in Florida, but within strictures.)
“He just walked in the crosswalk like it was normal,” Goncalves said.