Wandering 10-foot Alligator Wanders on State Road 7 in Florida

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
April 2, 2008 3:00am CST
A fellow MyLotter posted an "Aril Fools" joke post how she found an alligator in her home...in her basement...this story isn't an April Fools joke though...on a busy highway in Florida during the rush hour a 10-foot alligator was meandering along the highway in Florida. There's a video of Animal Control subduing it and putting it in a truck. The thing is...the gator isn't going to be released back into the wild..according to "regulations" any gator more than 5 feet long has to be destroyed...killed because it can't be transported..well like duh? Here's the article: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/sfl-401gatornabbed,0,2819331.story NORTH LAUDERDALE - Construction worker Jimmy Lloyd Sewell knew it was April Fool's Day, but the scaly alligator he saw walking beneath the turnpike overpass early Tuesday was no joke. "That's a crazy thing," the 40-year-old carpenter said about seeing the 10-foot-long beast strolling leisurely along the shoulder of busy State Road 7 as motorists gawked. While a co-worker called 911, Sewell herded kids on bikes away from the 400-pound gator as it headed south away from the overpass. Broward sheriff's deputies arrived about 7:30 a.m. and used their patrol cars to keep the reptile from escaping. Two officers from Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission snared the critter a short time later with a rope. The gator was turned over to a trapper and taken to a processing plant, because he was too big to safely release. The huge reptile's presence near State Road 7 snarled traffic for more than an hour while drawing clusters of curiosity-seekers and media. "It was going south, then it spun around and looked east," said Sewell,who works for Jim Rock Construction. "Everybody was staring." Mark Warsaw, a sheriff's deputy for six years, got some unusual on-the-job training. Warsaw, 35, helped the wildlife officers restrain the gator with a rope and later held down its taped snout as it lay in the grass. "It was the first [gator] I ever wrestled with," Warsaw said, grinning. "He was strong. Our concern was if the gator got out in the road, someone might run over him and cause an accident." Deputies said they kept the gator calm by herding him into the light where he could stay warm. "It wasn't frightening, but I made sure I had somewhere to go if he started to run," Warsaw said. Trapper Kevin Garvey said the hefty gator would be destroyed because it was too big to release. Gators under 5 feet are usually relocated in the wild, he said. Larger alligators "tend to find their way back and cause problems again," Garvey said. Miguel Silva watched the ordeal unfold with relish. "Dangerous, exciting," said the former New Yorker who had never seen a real gator up close and personal. "I'm just glad no one got hurt. It's amazing." What ticks me off no end...They were able to put the gator in the truck..so would it kill THEM to take it into the wild again where they won't cause a further problem...crap, why is it mankind wants to kill everything according to "rules and regulations"?? Gee...what if animals decided to band together and kill us according to THEIR rules and regulations? grrrrrrr
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
2 Apr 08
Well I see both sides of this situation. One we are encroaching on the gator's area and we should respect them more but on the other hand as some pointed out alligators like to come back. They have a tendency to keep coming back especially once they are bigger so I can see why that is a concern. Still I think since they were able to subdue it they should try relocating first, tagging it of course, and then if it comes back deal with it then. Give them a chance type thing. Thankfully I've only seen up close a baby gator. That was over at my mother's and it was sunning on her driveway. Once people came around he went back around the house and into the water. My thought was at the time, where a baby is mamma isn't far behind. Glad I never saw her.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
It also doesn't help that some jerks actually have a tendency to feed the gators...like gee, no wonder they like coming back into human inhabited areas for "free" food. You have jerks when they go camping into the National Parks..and they always warn people to make sure they cover any food up, but do they listen..nope? Then they wonder why there are bear attacks--how stupid can people be? Yup-you're right..wherever baby was, that momma was sure to be nearby..gulp
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Sadly you do have those jerks everywhere. We have them here too. We also have the type that they even spot an alligator near the edge of the water and they will call Wildlife and Game. Leave them alone and don't bother them, chances are they will leave you alone but some just panic. Yeah mother gators do protect their young so I'm sure she wasn't too far away.
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
4 Apr 08
I think it is great that they put it back into the wild, there is a reason for every creature on this planet. Things like that do happen in florida I know.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
One of the other posters here did a slight update..they didn't put the gator back into the wild but put it down and was sold for $280 to make among other things....shoes
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Wow, that would be quite a site. I am kind of sad that they did not release it, it was just lost. I think it might have been a good video cops funniest moments. I cannot imagine being there and seeing this go down.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
One poster who lives in Florida said it's now gator season and this kind of thing happens all the time--that gators are crawling all over the place
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I can't believe that their going to destroy it simply b/c it's too big...it seems so cruel. :( **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Yeah, aren't we the human species wonderful? We want to kill everything
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• Philippines
3 Apr 08
They should have released this Gator in the wild. I wonder how it got on the state in the first place. If they can't release the gator in the wild they could've put him in a zoo. He didn't mean to wander of in the state. I do hope they just set him free in the wild.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Nope unfortunately one poster did a remark here of a follow up about the gator...they sold it for $280 and don't ask what they plan to do with it...part of which to make shoes from it
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@littleowl (7157)
2 Apr 08
hello pye-that is AWFUL man is the cruelest animal alive, we not only kill ourselves we kill everything else too AND find a supposedly good reason for it-that is so tragic-maybe it would be better if animals did band together and kill us according to their rules-MAN might learn a valuable lesson bright blessings littleowl
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
One of the other posters here wrote how the sold the gator for $280..they'll use parts of it for meat products the rest for..get this..shoes
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
2 Apr 08
WEll that is very dangerous 10 foot gater going for the road and just hoping they can use the meat to eat as Gater is very good to eat yummy might be tough tho that big. and if they put it back in the wild it can find a road again and then maybe and accident that would kill several people. And they aint cute and cuddley can be very fisoious. So they might be doing the right thing!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Wonder how it got there in the first place? The Everglades is about fifty miles away from where it was found wandering...think it came from there??
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
3 Apr 08
probably not there could have been a gater farm or a small pond some where close where it has lived . Also people in Fla. seem to find gaters in their yard alot seen these on Cops where they called them to come get the gaters out of their yard . there are canals there too so it really could have came from any where
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
As the poster says below you, it's gator season and gators are all over the place in Florida now..I always thought they just came from the Everglades and nowhere else
@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
2 Apr 08
My uncle lived in South Caroline on a river. One year a young gator crawled up on his yard and made himself at home. When it reached 4 feet he asked the fish and game people to come and get it and take it away. They came, caught it and took it to a swamp about 25 miles away. It was back in a month. the next time they came and took it 100 - it took another month but by then it was winter and soon took itself off to where ever it was wintering at. the next year it was 5 foot and he called again. This time they took it all the way to the Everglades. The following year, a 7 foot monster crawled up on his bank. At that point the fish and game decided it had to be destroyed. Now, my uncle never fed it, or encouraged it in any way but there was getting to be some serious fears for the neighborhood pets - tho his cat was never harmed, it also never went even close to the creature. So, the chances are that if the gator was there once, it could well be there again and that is why the big ones are not relocated but destroyed.
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• United States
2 Apr 08
The gator kept coming back cause he made it his territory. Once the gators claim territory, they will keep coming back no matter where they are released at unless it's in a santuary where it can't get out. I know, I know...I watch too much Animal Planet. lol
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@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I know, but when humans and gators get too close humans are going to error on the side of humans - just the nature of the society.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I didn't realize that gators had some kind of "homing" sense that makes them come back to a place over and over again..kind of weird..only thought maybe birds had that instinct...yes can see how a gator would be a real threat ..never mind for people but for the pets and that would never do
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
2 Apr 08
Hello! I live is South Florida and its Gator season. Love struck gators are on the prowl and you wouldn't believe the places they turn up! Not long ago, one local story had one swimming in someone's backyard pool. When my husband I ride our motorcycle down "Alligator Alley", you can usually see a bunch of them on the side of the road just soaking up the sunshine. Like other wild creatures, they usually stay out of people's way, however many gawkers tend to throw food at them (they love marshmallows) and it makes them bolder and aggressive. I don't think they should be killed, if they can't be returned to the wild, at least they could be sent to a zoo or gator farm where they could live out their lives.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Apr 08
So it's gator season?? So this is a rather common occurrence every year then? See that's the problem if people get it into their heads to actually feed them, no wonder they like wandering around looking for free eats that people give them...problem is then people create the problem and then wonder why gators are so common amongst them
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
3 Apr 08
In a follow up to this news story, I heard on the local news this morning that the gator was sold for $280.00 to a company that makes "gator products". The meat will be split between 2 So. Florida restaurants, the feet will be made into back scratchers, the teeth are used to make earrings and of course the hide for shoes and bags! Someone is making a huge profit off their investment of $280.00. Poor creature!
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
2 Apr 08
You are absolutely right. Humans always act like the animal is trespassing. But in reality, humans are the trespassers. The land has belonged to the animals much longer than to us. The reason so many animals are pushing into settled areas is that their habitats are being destroyed. The Everglades are shrinking drastically due to development and human disregard for the earth. With their diets being limited by the killing off of smaller animals alligators will look for dinner elsewhere - like in human habitats. We are notorious for creating a problem and then refusing to acknowledge our responsibility for the problem.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I know we as a species in general have done a lot of harm all way round...you're now also getting to hear of how more and more black bears are prowling around suburban areas and of course they always kill them off instead of just tranquilizing it and relocating the bear--all the animal habitats are shrinking thanks to us
• United States
2 Apr 08
yeah well I can see where that would be scary , but you know that the animal was just traveling to other waters where he was more comfortable , chances re he wandered up there not knowing he was going to cause a commotion , but rather it was a way to get to where else he was traveling . It is a shame that he has to be destroyed , and couldn't just relocate him .
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Some of the other posters here though have mentioned that alligators have like a homing instinct and keep coming back to the same area even when it is relocated
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
2 Apr 08
that's a scary thought.. "animals band together and kill us.."... something like the movie "Planet of the Apes"... why cant they send the gator to a zoo or something.. ?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Apr 08
Have no idea why they can't transport the gator somewhere else, like maybe release it into the everglades it's natural habitat which isn't that far away
• United States
2 Apr 08
Pye, this is precisely why I miss Steve Irwin so badly!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I feel sorry for the gator...now he'll be killed to make "shoes"
• United States
5 Apr 08
I bet that as quite a sight!! Its amazing no one got hurt by it. I do think its sad they have to kill it. I know its an alagator but why not take it to a reserve where it could live out its days and not have a chance to harm anyone?? I watched a show on animal planet one time and they caught a 12 foot aligator who was missing its front feet. Yes both front feet were gone..just a stump left and he was still alive. They figure he got in a fight with another aligator over territory and lost. Of course because he was to big over 5 feet they had to destroy him. I dont think its right. I mean darn he lived so long even without front feet. He should have been put in a zoo or reserve somewhere. ~May The Kisses Of An Angel Cover And Protect You Always~ Copper