Video: Gator vs. patrol car

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    >>> and a florida sheriff's deputy answered a call about an animal causing a nuisance only to discover a 7'0" al fwa tor. the patrol car won the tug of war . no one was hurt but the car was damaged. is there insurance for that? it's now 8:04. now back out to al for a check of the weather.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 5/3/2011 4:01:56 PM ET 2011-05-03T20:01:56

A Florida sheriff's deputy got more than he bargained for when he answered a call about a big alligator causing a nuisance.

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Authorities say Alachua County, Fla., Deputy Victor Borrero spotted the 7-foot gator Saturday evening near the Gainesville Golf and Country Club. While the deputy was waiting for an alligator trapper to show up, the beast attacked the patrol car, chomping down on the car's front bumper and hanging on.

Sheriff's spokesman Todd Kelly said the car's front bumper was heavily damaged.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said the alligator was put down under the state's nuisance gator policy. Under that policy, nuisance gators larger than 4 feet are killed, and the trapper is allowed to keep the meat and hide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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