10'6'' alligator caught in WBR backyard

10'6'' alligator caught in WBR backyard

POSTED: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:35pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 12:07pm

A neighborhood in Port Allen got a visit from an unwanted resident Monday morning. A 10ft 6 in alligator, weighing over 400 lbs, was caught sunning in the backyard of a home on Bueche Road.

West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Donald Dorsey took the call. He said he was shocked to see such a large alligator in a residential area.

Nuisance animal hunters trapped the creature and carried him away; that alligator is now on its way to a wildlife sanctuary out of state.

Deputy Dorsey says this is the first report of an alligator in the Bueche Road area, but it is not uncommon in more rural portions of West Baton Rouge. In his 15 years on the force, this is the fourth large gator he has had removed.

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