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News // American crocodile lives at this Florida golf course — for good (golfweek.usatoday.com)

NORTH PALM BEACH, Florida — Golfers and residents in North Palm Beach have a new, permanent neighbor: a 7-foot American Crocodile.

The Village of North Palm Beach notified residents of a crocodile that is living in the ponds of the North Palm Beach Country Club golf course. Since crocodiles are a threatened species, federal law does not allow the village to remove the animal.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has posted a sign on the golf course to warn golfers and others. Photos and videos show the crocodile lurking in the water and coming up to the fairway.

The animal appears to be between 7 and 8 feet long, according to pro shop staff at the country club. Staff said the crocodile is seen sunning itself around the eighth hole — north and east of Country Club Drive — nearly every day and eating fish in the pond there at night.

Crocodiles rarely interact with humans because of their shy, reclusive nature, according to FWC. However, as with any predatory…

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