At present, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) estimates there are about 1.3 million resident wild alligators, up sharply from a low in the early 1960s that prompted the closure of legal hunting. The alligator population has been on the rebound since, and hunting seasons were reinstated in the 1980s.
Finding an alligator prowling around the area is something that residents in the southeastern part of the country are relatively accustomed to dealing with. But finding monster—not once, but twice—that looks like it walked right out of a Discovery Channel special? That's a little less common.