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Pancho the crocodile dies during capture in South Florida canal

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CORAL GABLES, Florida — An American crocodile suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal has died.

Wildlife officials say the croc named Pancho died Friday morning while fighting capture by two trappers.

Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1qLGnd7 ) the 12-foot, 300 pound crocodile died on shore after being retained. Pino says the body was taken to a state facility for evaluation.

The hunt for Pancho attracted a half-dozen trappers.

He was accused of biting two swimmers who jumped into the canal that runs through the Gables by the Sea community early Sunday. Neighbors had mixed feelings about the hunt for Pancho. Some had admiration for the croc, especially since he'd been relocated twice and found his way back. Others were scared of him.


Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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