Trappers capture gator with half it's jaw missing

SANFORD, Fla. (WESH) - Sanford, Florida's lakefront was a busy place Monday morning. Many people wanted to catch a glimpse of something peculiar.

Florida trappers captured a wounded alligator missing the top of its snout after pictures of the animal went viral on social media. | Photo Source: WESH / NBC

An alligator popped up on social media over the weekend.

It lingered close to shore near downtown Sanford with a significant portion of the top of its nose missing.

Wildlife officers said because it was so badly hurt -- likely during a battle over territory with another -- they felt they needed to put it down.

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