Published: Jun 08, 2010 11:44 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 08, 2010 8:45 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A 7-foot alligator was caught in the parking

lot of a Gulf coast middle school.

Authorities say the alligator turned up in front of Stewart

Middle School's cafeteria early Monday morning.

Hillsborough County school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said

the alligator was found before students arrived and they were kept

away. No one was hurt.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer

caught the alligator in a back parking lot. It has been turned over

to trapper to be euthanized.