Kerri Kibbe said that when she looked outside and switched on the light on the terrace, she learned that the sound she had heard through her bedroom window early Saturday morning was a three-meter-long alligator. And it stared directly at her.
"It was just so unnatural," Kibbe told CNN.
With her sleeping children, Kibbe waited a few hours before calling the police. She told the authorities over the phone that she was about 1.80 meters or 2.80 meters long, but when an official came to her home, he estimated that the length was closer to 1.80 meters, she said ,
Shortly thereafter, a private trapper was sent to her home in Port Charlotte.
"He put a loop on her and she went into the death list I saw on TV," Kibbe said.
Once the trapper was able to pull the Gator into the front yard, he was able to get an accurate measure of just over 7 feet. The trapper told Kibbe that he wanted to bring it to a farm for mating.
While alligators are common in Florida, Kibbe believes he sneaked into their backyard on the empty forest property behind their house. She has no backyard fence to separate her property from the wooded area because she lost her in Hurricane Irma.
Kibbe said that as a single mother of three children, she did not have the means to replace the fence in her backyard and she does not have a pool cage.
She said that although Gator sightings in Florida could be more common, neither she nor her neighbors would ever have had one in her neighborhood.
"I live in the middle of the city and it's still like a wild kingdom." said. "I've seen coyotes, bobcats, snakes, gopher turtles, hawks, owls, rabbits … it's crazy."
Kibbe said she was now paranoid.
"I hope my kids are not afraid of the pool," she said. "And I'm sure I'll be the only one letting the dogs out in the evening."