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Lee County deputy lassos small alligator walking on McGregor Boulevard

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 14:38:13-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A deputy on overnight patrol did duty as an alligator wrangler, using a piece of equipment as a makeshift lasso.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Van Pelt was on patrol on McGregor Boulevard when he saw the reptile walking on the road. He used a baton to guide it onto the road's shoulder, where he used his rifle sling as a lasso around the gator's mouth.

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Lee County deputy wrangles an alligator on McGregor Boulevard on August 19, 2019.

Florida Fish and Wildlife arrived at the scene to relocate the alligator to a safe area.

Any resident that comes across a nuisance alligator is urged to call FWC's toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).