These pictures were taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Lake Thomas, Winter Haven, Florida.
The helicopter pilot and the game wardens on the ground were in communication via 2-way radios.
Here is a transcript of their conversation.
*‘Air1, have you a visual on the gator, Over’
‘Approaching inlet now, Over’
‘Gator sighted. Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth….moving in, over’
‘Oh Crap it’s a Deer!’
‘Confirm Air1… Did you say Deer?, Over’
‘Roger………a Deer in it’s mouth….looks like a full sized buck….that’s a big gator, boys. We’re gonna need more men, Over’
‘Roger Air1……can you give me a idea on size of animal, over’
‘Its a big one……25 feet at least, please advise, gator is heading to inlet….do I pursue?, over’*