12-foot alligator spotted in front yard of Lufkin home

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A 12-foot alligator was spotted roaming in the front yard of a Sayers Street home, less than a quarter of a mile from Loop 287, around 11 a.m. Sunday. A resident of Creekside Apartments, which is located across the street from where the alligator was seen, called Lufkin Police for help.

A City of Lufkin Animal Control official and a Texas Game Warden were also called to the scene shortly after police arrived.

Animal control and police spent about 45 minutes trying to coerce the alligator back to the wooded area and small pond next to the home he wandered to. Authorities said it's unclear exactly where the alligator traveled from.

As authorities surrounded the gator, a large crowd of terrified neighbors and small children watched in disbelief. The alligator finally made its way to the small pond around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Many Creekside Apartment residents said they feel unsafe with that large of an alligator living just feet from their homes and small children.

Several kids said they're scared to go outside and play.

Texas Game Warden Jim Barge said a meeting will be held Monday to discuss if any actions will be taken to remove the alligator from that area. Barge said he felt residents were safe since the alligator was in a body of water, his natural habitat.

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