Some Winter Garden residents recently had a brief stop to their mail service due to unusual circumstances. There was an alligator found in a retention pond that caused 66 residents to be without mail for two days.

One mail carrier filed a complaint that she was threatened by the alligator, which forced the delay. Resident Kathleen Bonczyk was one of the neighborhood’s first residents three years ago and said there had been no previous complaints.

The USPS released an official statement about the situation and quickly restored mail service after consulting with local management and the neighborhood association. While a gator causing a mail disruption is unusual, their increased activity this time of year is not.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that when the weather warms up, gators are more frequently seen on the move and can become more aggressive. This naturally causes greater interaction with people and homes.

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