Terrifying moment massive 11-ft alligator LUNGES at workers trying to remove it from Florida neighborhood
- An 11ft alligator was trapped by Animal Control officers after a Florida resident come across the critter while out exercising in the early hours of Thursday
- A call was first made to Homestead police before professional trappers, Pesky Critters Wildlife Control, were dispatched to deal with the reptile
- After quite the battle, they successfully captured the gator and hauled it away
Professional wildlife trappers managed to wrangle an 11-foot alligator as it ferociously snapped at them in the early hours of Thursday in Florida.
They were notified after a concerned resident encountered the alligator near the Homestead Sports Complex in Homestead who then contacted the local police. They in turn reached out to Pesky Critters Wildlife Control.
In a video posted online by the company, owner Todd Hardwick together with his trappers can be seen engaged in a battle with the angry alligator.
The reptile can be seen snapping its jaws and lunging at the trappers, and even performing a death roll – a spinning maneuver typically used to tear apart prey.
In footage shot from several angles, the gator can be seen with its lethal jaws wide open.
An 11ft alligator was trapped by Animal Control officers after a Florida resident come across the critter while out exercising in the early hours of Thursday
A call was first made to Homestead police before professional trappers, Pesky Critters Wildlife Control were dispatched to deal with the reptile
The trappers used various tools including straps and metal poles
The trappers attempt to get a noose around its them in order to shut its mouth tight but the gator keeps its jaws apart even while hissing at the men.
Eventually they manage to get a rope around the gator before it quickly rolls towards them on the grass and then on the road.
At one point, the gator remains still before suddenly lunging without any notice – almost like an angry dog.
‘Keep tight so he can’t lunge at me so badly’, Hardwick says to his co-workers.
Finally, they manage to tape the gator’s mouth shut before police officers help to lift the enormous creature into the back of the catcher’s pickup truck.
The early morning drama was captured by cameras from several angles
One worker used a pole while another attempted to use a strap to harness the creature
The gator was finally trapped at around 3:30am on Thursday morning.
Although being injured or killed by alligators is extremely rare in Florida alligators are defined as being a nuisance when they are more than 4 feet long and a threat to people, pets or property.
According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report on the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program, or SNAP, the state has 113 contracted nuisance alligator trappers that respond to 10,000 calls for their services annually.
Once captured the alligators become the trapper’s property to either sell for their hide or meat, or to sell live to be raised on a zoo or farm.
Healthy alligator populations exist in all of Florida’s 67 counties but so-called ‘nuisance alligators’ are not relocated to the wild, because their reintroduction can lead to territorial fights and deaths between other gators, according to the FWC.
Healthy alligator populations exist in all of Florida’s 67 counties.
Trappers had to keep some distance away as they attempted to tackle the reptile
The animal would remain calm and quiet before suddenly lunging
It was a complex capture for the team of Pesky Critter Wildlife Control trappers
Finally, they manage to tape the gator’s mouth shut before police officers help to lift the enormous creature into the back of the catcher’s pickup truck
After quite the battle, they successfully captured the gator and hauled it away on a pickup
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