When I lived in Florida alligators of that size were so common ppl didn't even pay attention to them at all. You just walked right by unless it was in your house or something but I can't imagine anyone who lives in Florida calling 9 11 over a 3 foot gator unless they are a tourist. Sounds like anti reptile BS to me. "hmmm I could just let the little guy walk back out of my garage or I can lock him in it and call 911."
"Only through education do we teach the ignorant that which we love is not evil but wonderous"....