PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - One Port Charlotte woman got a rude awakening from an unwanted guest in the pool early Saturday morning.

It took authorities over four hours to remove the pest.

It was around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday when Port Charlotte mother of three, Kerri Kibbe, heard a splash coming from her pool in the backyard. When she turned the pool light on, she saw an alligator over 7 feet long.

“He was initially down at the bottom just floating there but when I turned the light on it stirred him up and got him going," said Kibbe. "I would never have thought, I mean there’s been a coyote, there’s been a bobcat, there’s been possums but never would I have thought a gator.”

Kibbe said she was initially going to let the gator find his own way out of the pool. She realized that it would be a bad idea considering she has three kids and three dogs.

“I wouldn’t know if it was actually out of the yard, but with animals and kids I needed to know it was gone, gone," said Kibbe.

She contacted Charlotte County deputies. Upon arrival, they decided this was a job for an alligator trapper.

Four hours after authorities arrived, the gator was pulled from the pool and into the back of the trapper's car.

Neighbors said that they've seen alligators in nearby canals but haven't seen them in the neighborhood.

Kibbe said the gator likely got in near a wooded area that used to be fenced off, but no longer is. She said she'll be investing in a fence for her security.

“A fence is going to go up, and I’m not going to put myself at risk for this ever again," said Kibbe.

Kibbe said the gator trapper told her the gator was around 15 years old and will be moved to a facility to mate with other gators.

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