Published: May 01, 2013 12:27 AM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Deputies and FWC officers in Charlotte County captured an 8-foot alligator just yards away from a home Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies found the reptile in a residential area near the intersection of Wicker Avenue and Villa Street.

FWC responded and was able to round up the alligator around 2:30 p.m., just minutes before children returned home from school.

It's the 3rd captured gator in the past week in Charlotte County.

Wildlife experts say home owners could expect to have more close encounters during the height of alligator mating season, also known as 'The Crawl".

Typical mating season can last between April - July.

Experts say if you encounter an alligator the safest thing to do is call authorities or FWC and report it.