"Manatee County Sheriffs office were called and tried to deal with the gator, but after a broken pool pole, decided it was best to call animal control. Animal control arrived around 1:30 am and secured the gator, and relocated it to a less populated area.
The trapper with animal control said that it was "a female gator that was likely moving between ponds in the neighborhood to find a place to lay her eggs. She probably caught the scent of the family dogs which led her to the Benton's doorway, where she got stuck and could not turn around."
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