Angry Alligator Tries to Escape Animal Control by Headbutting Its Would-Be Trapper

Written by Sharon Parry
Published: January 18, 2023
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Working for any animal control agency is always going to involve an element of danger because animals can be highly unpredictable. When you are called to deal with an alligator, that is especially true. Here we see what happened when animal control officers and the police tried to remove an alligator from a neighborhood where it was not welcome.

Alligator Removal

The exact location of this footage is not given but from the voiceover, Florida is a very likely candidate! The Florida, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission even have a nuisance alligator program where you can call a hotline and they will dispatch a nuisance alligator trapper. The official advice is that alligators that are less than four feet long will not be a danger to people or domestic pets unless you handle them. Therefore, you should never handle an alligator, no matter how small they are.

Florida’s alligator population is both healthy and stable. There are around 1.3 million of them over all 67 counties in many wild areas. It is not safe to release captured alligators into these areas because it would upset the established social structures. Therefore, the nuisance alligator trappers are able to humanely dispose of the alligators and are compensated by selling the hides and meat. They are also required to project a positive image to the public and media so the way in which they behave is important.

It would be fair to say that this is a challenging removal. Despite being tied with straps and tape, the alligator manages to deliver a huge head butt to the trapper. The alligator is also able to get themselves back out of the truck.

alligator with its mouth hanging open
Alligators live in swamps, rivers, lakes, and marshes

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American Alligators in the Wild

Alligators are large reptiles with armor-plated body and short, stocky legs. They are found throughout Florida where they inhabit freshwater environments, including ponds, rivers, lakes as well as marshes and swamps and brackish waters.

They are a solitary predator and are highly territorial but smaller individuals will join together sometimes when hunting. They live off birds, fish and small mammals mainly. However, larger alligators can attack deer and even panther and black bears. Attacks on both people and domestic pets have been recorded so it is understandable that this alligator needed to be removed. It seemed to involve quite a lot of drama though and we hope no one was seriously hurt.

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Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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