Flooding pushes large alligators into Missouri City neighborhood

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Animal control officials are on the hunt for a 15-foot alligator that has strayed frighteningly close to a residential area. (KTRK)

Recent flooding has left displaced wildlife looking for food and higher ground, and some Missouri City residents say that the animals -- including a large alligator -- are getting too close for comfort.

"We've had an increase in calls," said The Gator Squad's Christy Kroboth, who adds that there have been many reported gator sightings in Fort Bend County.

"With all the floods, alligators are just like us looking for higher ground. We're looking to get out of flood waters," said Kroboth.

Most have been shifted closer to neighborhoods. One in particular, a 15-foot gator close to a thousand pounds, has made its new home in Missouri City.

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"We want to take him out because it's not good to have a 15-foot gator back there," Kroboth said.

The Gator Squad went from pond to pond and, for a good while, couldn't find it.

"We will just continue searching the bushes to see if he's here," she said optimistically.

On Thursday, a 5-foot gator was caught on video creeping up to someone's front door. It didn't harm anyone, though, and was eventually caught.

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Back on the gator hunt, the crew ends up on Oyster Creek. The 15-footer was nowhere to be found, but after 3 hours they finally spot another big one, a 9-foot-long gator.

The squad struggles to get him out, and the gator fights back -- but eventually he gives up.

"I'm glad we have people that come out and save our children from getting in danger with these animals," said one resident.
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