Alligator worries St. Augustine families

Published On: Apr 18 2012 09:36:21 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 19 2012 12:41:52 PM EDT

An alligator in a St. Augustine neighborhood has families on edge, but the head of the homeowner's association says it's not a problem.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -

An alligator in the lake of a St. Augustine neighborhood has families on edge.

Parents living in the Vista Cove neighborhood are nervous about their children being around the reptile.

"I wouldn't live here just because of that, especially with kids. They could just crawl up," said Tara Poveda.

"Children walk by this area daily and we are afraid someone is going to be hurt because it has been very aggressive. Children have been taunting the gator," wrote a woman in an email to Channel 4.

But Stephen Wood, the homeowners association president, told a different story.

"The gator's not bothering anybody. The wildlife association says if it's not aggressive, leave him alone, and I'd prefer everyone to leave him alone," said Wood.

Wood said he didn't believe the alligator was a safety issue.

For the time being, Wood said the homeowners association has decided to leave the gator alone "as long as he's not aggressive."

"If he becomes aggressive, he has to be killed," said Wood.

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