Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of a 7-foot alligator near an elementary school this morning were able to rope the reptile’s neck and tail, wrap its mouth with electrical tape and secure its hind legs with regulation handcuffs. Florida Fish and Wildlife authorities also took custody of the gator until the state trapper arrived at the scene. St. Pete Times and Tampa Tribune.
The report of a 7- to 8-foot alligator on the grounds of Lake Park Elementary School in Naples, Fla. promted a fast reaction from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “The trapper arrived very quickly and was able secure the alligator before any children arrived,” said principal Tamie Stewart. The Naples News.