Sheriff's deputies in Sarasota County, Florida, wrangled a four-foot alligator that was hiding underneath a vehicle in a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Thursday. (Photo from Sarasota County Sheriff's Office video)

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say deputies removed a four-foot alligator from the parking lot of a Florida grocery store.

The Herald-Tribune reports that Sarasota County deputies responded Thursday to a Sarasota Winn-Dixie.

Sgt. Mark Tuls and Deputy Lincoln Dilling wrangled the reptile, which had been hiding under an SUV.

A sheriff's office spokeswoman says the alligator was relocated to a less populated area in the eastern part of the county.

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