How this alligator's audition for the role of McGruff the crime dog started isn't known, but once again the value of the Ford Crown Victoria's cheap 'n' easily replaceable bumpers shines through. Now that the gator has a taste for cop car, his next bite could be far more expensive.

Know why I'll never live in Florida? My wife likes winter. I'm not a big fan of dengue fever. And I could do without alligator bite marks on my bumper, as the Alachua County Sheriff's Department can attest.