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13-030 Law Enforcement Officials Free Gator Stuck In Storm Drain

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

What:  An alligator stuck in a roadway storm drain is rescued by law enforcement officials from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Where:  At the intersection of 94th Avenue and 117th Street North.

When:  Deputies were notified of the distressed animal at approximately 1:30 p.m. today (2/8/13).


Pinellas County Deputies and officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission freed an alligator stuck in a roadway storm drain today.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., deputies were notified of the stuck gator from a concerned citizen.  When law enforcement officers arrived on scene (blocks from a near-by elementary school), they found the 8ft animal stuck in the drain with its head trapped in the opening.

When a trapper from the FWC responded, deputies and citizen bystanders pulled the alligator out of the drainage opening.

After looking over the gator for injuries, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials will be transporting it to an alligator farm near Dover, FL.

See attached pictures.


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