Large alligator headed toward school crossing captured

Posted Sep 13, 2010 by Lynn Curwin
A large alligator, which was walking toward a crosswalk where children were heading to school, was captured in a Florida community Monday morning.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Around 7 a.m., a crossing guard noticed a seven-and-a-half-foot-long alligator next to a wall between a subdivision and a sidewalk near an elementary school.
She called deputies who arrived and then contacted a trapper. While they were waiting for the trapper to arrive, the reptile began moving.
“Unfortunately the gator did not want to wait and started walking southbound along the sidewalk of Forest Lakes Boulevard toward the intersection of Pine Avenue where children were in the process of crossing the street to school,” stated a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release.
He said that, because the trapper was still an hour away, the deputies decided to take action, putting a rope around the animal’s neck and tail.
“The angry seven and a half foot gator then violently rolled several times thrashing and hitting the wall breaking off chunks of stucco,” said the news release. “Once the gator stopped rolling the deputies were able to secure the mouth with electrical tape and secure its hind legs with handcuffs.”
Fish and Wildlife Officials then arrived to take custody of the alligator until the trapper got there.
The fate of the animal was not reported.