Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Wrestled Alligator, Tied It Up: Report

Photos show the deputy sitting on the alligator, which he tied up with a rope

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013  |  Updated 4:31 PM EDT
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Deputy Jeffrey Crandall holding the gator, which authorities said was over 10 feet long.

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A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputy wrestled an alligator over 10 feet long that was snapping at cars early Tuesday, WFLA reported.

A woman called 911 shortly before 6 a.m. and reported that the gator – which was snapping at passing cars near Tampa and East Lake roads – was outside a dentist office, according to WFLA.

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Sheriff’s deputies and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer found the gator, and Deputy Jeffrey Crandall tied it up with a rope, WFLA reported.

Photos from the sheriff’s office show Crandall sitting on the alligator as he held its jaws shut.

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The reptile was taken to an animal facility, WFLA added.

Below: Another image of authorities with the gator, courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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