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.
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).