Lawmen catch gator at Nacogdoches business

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The second East Texas alligator in as many days, this time a seven-foot one, has been captured at a Nacogdoches business.

A Department of Public Safety trooper, game warden and sheriff's deputy managed to catch the alligator at Terry's Marine around 9 a.m. Monday. They taped it up and used cuffs to restrain it. The warden took it and planned on setting it loose in the wild.

"This time of year, especially with drought conditions, we've haven't had a lot of rain, they'll move from water hole to water hole, trying to find food and, ya know, keep cool," Game Warden Heath Bragg said.

It is against the law to shoot an alligator. Anyone who sees one should first call a game warden or the sheriff's department for help if at all possible. They will determine what's best for the gator.

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