The experiment also led to the team discovering a new species of worm.
It's unclear when the area of the national park where the girl was bitten will re-open.
"The management and protection of private wetlands that is incentivized and funded by the sale of American alligator eggs and hides benefits [other] species as well," the state argued in its complaint.
Michael Ford II, 45, of Wauchula, became the focus of an investigation on June 27 after Polk County deputies responded to a report about a dead body.
Gary Bangstad, 76, has been charged with five counts of solicitation of murder after providing a fellow inmate with a note containing an accurate map of the victims' home.
The bite victim was identified as 46-year-old James Bryce. The Martin County Sheriff's Office confirmed he was found in a heavy marsh of the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area preserve.
"Watch out when you take the garbage out, no telling what's lurking out there!" one local resident said after the gator was found on the the 3900 block of North Sherman Boulevard last week.
Paul Bedard is the star of the Animal Planet show "Gator Boys."
Two Florida men were arrested for allegedly capturing an alligator and enticing it to bite one of the man's arms as he poured beer into it's mouth.
It is illegal to harvest an alligator without the correct permit in Florida.
Locals are outraged as culprits are believed to be "trophy hunting" and "showing off."
The huge gator, weighing in at 726 pounds, was found in the Santee River last Sunday by Lee Daugherty, David Lowe, Ryan Pitts, and George Mourounas. Images of the reptile went viral on social media.
Kelsey Pollack of West Palm Beach had a narrow escape after she stepped on the creature.
"It's mating season and that gator was very territorial," licensed trapper Trey Durant wrote on Facebook alongside a picture of the monster beast, captured and killed in Augusta.
The flexible apex predator was spotted at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville on August 17. "When you see water, assume an alligator could be in it," officials from the base warned.
Officials have warned residents in the area of the attack to be vigilant when walking near ponds or lagoons.
"All I could do was stand there and watch my dog get eat," said Cynthia Robinson, the owner of Tank, a 6-year-old pit bull which was attacked by the gator.
The "large male American crocodile" had been courting a female in the Everglades National Park.
"We got a happy ending with this one, it is a good ending. They don't always happen that way," said lieutenant Rob Gerkin, of the FWC, after the man and dog survived the gator attack.
During the study period, there were 22 confirmed fatal attacks.
"I've watched enough TV, plus I've lived in Florida so I've got with them before," Don Walters said.
A large section of Chicago's Humboldt Park has been closed off since Sunday night, while animal experts looked for the gator.
"The two of us are tugging. Alligator is going one way. I'm going the other," said Buddy Ackerman, who freed his daughter's dog, Osi, from the sharp-toothed reptile.
The wild alligator has cause a meme frenzy, while Chicago authorities have not yet been able to catch it.
The managers faced a major backlash on social media.
Deputies from the Hardee County Sheriff's Office pulled over suspect Anthony Richardson for a traffic stop. They found he was carrying illegal drugs—and that was not all.
The massive reptile was euthanized shortly after it was trapped near a highway exit.
"I want to get help for this alligator, I don't want to see an alligator swimming around with a knife in his head," local resident Erin Weaver told ABC13.
The gator was reported by a member of the public, who called officials about a "weird animal."
"I thought she was more or less joking around," one witness said.