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Pancho the crocodile, who bit 2 swimmers in canal, dies during capture in South Florida

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CORAL GABLES, Florida — An American crocodile that bit 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 carcass was taken to a state facility for evaluation.

PHOTO: In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, trapper Todd Hardwick, of Pesky Critters, sets out snare traps in Coral Gables, Fla. Hardwick had been trying to catch a crocodile named Pancho, suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal. Wildlife officials say Pancho died Friday morning, Aug. 29, while fighting capture by two trappers. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch)  MAGS OUT
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, trapper Todd Hardwick, of Pesky Critters, sets out snare traps in Coral Gables, Fla. Hardwick had been trying to catch a crocodile named Pancho, suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal. Wildlife officials say Pancho died Friday morning, Aug. 29, while fighting capture by two trappers. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch) MAGS OUT

The hunt for Pancho attracted a half-dozen trappers.

The crocodile bit 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 because he had 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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