Large gator found in Santa Fe neighborhood

A 6-foot alligator captured in a Santa Fe neighborhood on Friday was taken to a local bayou, where it was released back into the wildlife.

June 4, 2010 4:17:43 PM PDT
A 6-foot alligator caught prowling around a residential area in Santa Fe was seized by authorities and released back into the wildlife, police said. A homeowner called Santa Fe police on Friday to report that a large gator was near the home in the 13700 block of Anna Lane.

When officers arrived, they found an alligator with a piece of its missing near the home.

Texas Parks and Wildlife officers then arrived and seized the alligator with duct tape and rope. It was transported to a local bayou, where it was released back into the wildlife.

Game wardens said the gator was about 6 feet long but probably would've been around 8 feet had its tail not been severed.

Police warned residents that sightings of wild animals, such as alligators, could increase as construction projects and population booms continue.

Residents who do spot such animals should avoid confrontation and contact proper authorities instead, police said.


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