The alligator had been a popular curiosity among kayakers and paddleboarders in Silver Springs State Park, where it was often seen lounging in the sun along the banks of the Silver River. Wildlife officials said it was dangerous because people apparently had been feeding it.
A young soccer player in Broward County is challenging a Florida law that prevents transgender girls from competing on girls' sports teams. A judge last week put the case on hold while Drew Adams appeals his case over school restrooms in Ponte Vedra Beach.
More than 900 manatees have died so far this year, nearly twice the average number and a death rate not seen since 2013. Some of the state funding would expand acute care networks where distressed manatees are treated.