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Alligator removed from Big Sandy yard

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BIG SANDY, TX (KLTV) -

Four men took on the job of removing a seven foot alligator from an East Texas neighborhood. The gator was first spotted Friday at a home in Big Sandy on Pearl street just off of highway 80. A homeowner walked out and saw what he thought was a fallen tree limb in his yard.

"I just happened to glance over to the right by the myrtle tree and I saw something in the grass I thought it might be a log, but then I looked again and I said wow its a gator. Where did he come from?" said homeowner Dan Dassing.

"It kind of blew me away I said you're kidding with me and he said no I'm dead serious," said Big Sandy police office Gary Bettis.

A seven foot alligator , with no water in the area, had lumbered into Dassing's front yard.

"We're moving into their habitat, I believe we're pushing into our area and we're going to have more contact with them," Bettis says.

With no animal control department, a police officer, two firefighters and a city water worker had to subdue the snapping jaws themselves.

"It was kind of a thrown together game plan. Thank god I watch swamp wars," joked Bettis.

"You rope them you tape their mouth shut. They keep getting bigger, we may need help on the next one it may be even bigger," says water employee Donny Himel.

"Mister Himel jumped on his back and closed his mouth and I jumped on behind him," said firefighter Bradley Decuir.

"This will be something I will remember the rest of my career," says Bettis.

The team took the alligator to the Sabine river , where it was released.

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