Neighborhood Alligator Scares Off Postal Workers, Neighbors Haven’t Received Mail In Days

WINTER GARDEN (CBSMiami/CNN)- One Winter Garden neighborhood has gone without mail for the last couple of days because the neighborhood alligator has scared away the postal carriers.

Kathleen Bonczyk told WKMG that she and 65 neighbors have not received mail for two days.

According to neighbors and the U.S. Postal Service, it’s because of an alligator living in a retention pond near the neighborhood mail boxes.

“There was complaint by apparently one mail carrier that she felt threatened by the presence of an alligator,” said Bonczyk.

Neighbors said it’s unclear what will happen to the gator, who has been a pond regular for years.

“Never Troy, in three and a half years has there been a complaint,” said Bonczyk. “We were one of the first people in this neighborhood.”

Neighbors are even putting signs on their windows because they fear their beloved neighborhood gator will be removed.

Bonczyk said she is hopeful that the mail delivery will resume and the gator will be able to stay as well.


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I get the sense from the article that the residents feel the carriers are being paranoid. But what I see from the picture is that the bank of cbu’s are serviced with the carriers back to the pond. How can they concentrate on sorting if the have to keep looking over their shoulder for a lethal threat?

I agree. I used to do corner flagging for motorcycle races at Palm Beach International Races at and one day while working turn 5 exit I looked in the water behind me and saw a baby (maybe about 2 feet, nose only an inch or two wide) and started standing on trackside of concrete barrier. I was figuring that not only could I not watch it while watching the bikes, but also that even if small, if it bit me it would still hurt, plus I didn’t want to risk mama being nearby either.