Liberty Co. family finds 6-foot alligator in garage

A six-foot alligator was discovered inside a Liberty family's garage on Thursday. Authorities believe the reptile came from a nearby lake.

May 30, 2013 8:47:40 PM PDT
A Liberty County family found an unexpected visitor in their garage -- a six-foot alligator.

The discovery was made around 11am Wednesday at a home near the Mizell Lake area in the city of Liberty, according to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities used a "hoop loop" rope configuration to snare the female alligator, which allowed the reptile to thrash around until it became too tired to resist any further. After the alligator was tired, authorities secured its jaws with tape and loaded into a waiting truck. The alligator was transported to a breeding farm in Anahuac, Texas where she will be cared for in a controlled environment.

Officials believe the alligator may have come from the lake.

This is at least the third incident of an alligator discovery in a residential area. Earlier this month, a homeowner in Fort Bend County found an alligator between two homes and another one was spotted just a few hours later in Clear Lake.

Authorities warn that May through June is the mating season for alligators so they can be expected to be quite aggressive during this time frame. They also warn against feeding alligators in the wild.

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