Article and Video Courtesy
of Channel5 WPTV
By Anna Kohls
Published July 16, 2019
A five-foot alligator climbed up to the second floor
of a condo building in North Naples. Painters working on the condos
found the alligator in the lanai area.
trapper Ray Simonsen Senior, commonly referred to as
“Ray the Trapper” says he’s seen about a dozen
alligators climb up flights of stairs during his time as
“This is another point that they can get wherever they
want to go,” Simonsen said.
Simonsen emphasizes to close all doors, including any on
the second floor.
“Don’t leave it open for half a day or all day because
you’re inviting wildlife to come in,” Simonsen said.
In his seven years as a trapper, Simonsen says he’s
seen alligators in unusual places.
“Pools, garages, lanais, stairwells, vehicles, I even
captured on in an elevator.”
If you come across an alligator, call Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).