CORAL GABLES, Fla. -

Trappers are still searching for the large crocodile that attacked two people in a Coral Gables canal Sunday morning.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they are searching for two crocodiles, believed to be 11-12 feet long, in the canal in the 1300 block of Lugo Avenue.

Only one of the reptiles is accused of attacking Alejandro Jimenez, 26, and Lisset Rendon, 23, but authorities want both crocodiles removed from the canal as a safety precaution.

On Monday evening, a trapper captured one of the crocodiles, but after struggling with it for about 20 minutes, it broke free from the trapper's line.

Jimenez remains in the hospital with injuries to his hand and torso. Authorities said Rendon was treated at the scene and was not taken to the hospital.

Authorities said the pair ignored the warning signs in the community when they jumped into the canal, and that these waters are a sanctuary for the federally protected species.

"Common sense has to prevail," said Jorge Pino of FWC. "We're the humans. We're the smart ones, and we're the ones who are supposed to think before we act. And in this particular case, they were the ones who put themselves in harms way."

FWC officials said it is extremely hard to catch the reptiles since they are most active from dusk to dawn.

"They’re very shy, reclusive animals to begin with and now that we've introduced this scenario and neighbors that are looking – it's very tough to catch them now," said Pino.

The crocs have called these canals home for nearly a decade. Neighbors have even named them Pancho and Snaggletooth.

When trappers finally track them down, the reptiles will be moved a wildlife sanctuary. But residents are torn on whether they should be removed at all.

Search for Coral Gables crocodile continues

TODAY'S SURPRISES AND WHAT WE CAN EXPECT IN NOVEMBER. CALVIN. MICHAEL THANKS A LOT CROCODILE HUNT IS ON IN CORAL GABLES A. TWO PEOPLE WERE ATTACKED OVER THE WEEKEND AS THEY JUMPED INTO A CANAL AND NOW TRAPPERS WANT TO REMOVE TWO CROCK THAT CANAL. WE'RE LIVE ON SCENE WITH MORE. CALVIN I CAN DEFINITELY TELL YOU THAT SOMEWHERE OUT THERE THIS CROCODILE IS STILL THERE. WE SPOTTED IT ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO. AND CREWS ARE SAYING THAT THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED, ITS NOT CROCODILE'S FAULT SINCE IT DID BITE A HUMAN BEINGS THEY SAID IT DOES NEED TO BE RELOCATED. THE SEARCH CONTINUED WELL INTO THE NIGHT IN THIS CORAL GABLES CANAL OFF LIEU GO AVENUE. QUICKLY THE BECOMING MORE OF A GAME HIDE AND SEEK CROCODILE IS WINNING. WE'VE SEEN PICTURES AND VIDEOS SHOWING THESE NEIGHBORHOOD CROCKS AREN'T VERY CAMERA SHY. NOW SOME RESIDENTS WANT THEM OUT. WE'VE WARNING ABOUT THE CROCODILE SITUATION FOR FEW YEARS NOW. TWO OF THE 7 YEARS WE'VE LOST FOUR DOGS TO CROCODILE. TRAPPERS AND SAY THEY WANT TO CATCH ANY CROCKS LONGER THAN NINE FEET AFTER COUPLE SWIMMERS WERE BITTEN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. AUTHORITIES SAY THE PAIR HAD IGNORED THE SIGNS AND JUMPED INTO THE CANAL A SANCTUARY FOR FEDERALLY PROTECTED SPECIES. COMMON SENSE HAS TO PREVAIL. WE ARE THE HUMANS. WE'RE THE SMART ONES. THEY THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY A PAIR DID MANAGE TO ESCAPE WALKING AWAY DOING MUCH BETTER. NOW THE COMMUNITY IS DIVIDED ON WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN WITH THE ANIMALS. SOME SAYING JUST LEAVE THEM BE. THAT WAS THEIR TERRITORY SOMEONE CAME IN UNEXPECTEDLY PEW THIS DIDN'T GO FOR THE THROAT. THEY DIDN'T TEAR A LIMB OFF. THEY BIT. IF YOU WANT TO GO SWIMMING AT 2:00 A.M. GO SWIMMING IN POOL NOT THE CANAL. THAT'S SOME GOOD ADVICE THERE. OFFICIALS SAY THAT NO THEY DIDN'T GO FOR THE THROAT OR NECK OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. BUT THEY D CROCODILE DID GRAB GIMENEZ BY THE SHOULDER, BY THE ARM. STARTED PULLING HIM AWAY FROM THE DOCK. THIS IS VERY RARE THOUGH. I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY, THIS IS FIRST KOORLD TO FWC FIRST TIME CROCODILE HAS BITTEN HUMAN BEING IN UNITED STATES.

"We've been warning about the crocodile situation for a number of years now. It's a little disturbing," said Walter Lista, who wants the crocodiles removed from the canal.

"I think they were standing their ground," said Elizabeth Bustin, who does not want the crocodiles to be removed. "That was their territory. Somebody came into it unexpectedly. They didn't go for the throat, they didn't tear a limb off, they bit. If you want to go swimming at 2 a.m., go swimming in a pool, not the canal."