Video shows police officer trapping alligator

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

He called FWC, who said it would be about 30 minutes until the trapper arrived.

He said he wrangled this gator to save its life, because it was likely that a trapper would've killed it.

The gator was curled up on the front porch of a home in the Hunters Run subdivision.

It just so happened that Vargas learned how to handle and wrestle alligators at the Native Village in Hollywood. "But if you do it properly and you learn the gator's behavior, which i've been trained to do, you make it as safe as possible".

"Initially, I took a tour of the facility back in '04, and I thought, 'Wow, this is pretty cool". "Obviously, it didn't want me near her space and was just trying to get me away".

"Maybe walk towards me a little bit, maybe thinking I was holding a baby alligator or something to that effect", Officer Vargas said. "It normally gets alligators to react because they're very protective of their young", said Vargas. "[A catch pole] is basically a rubber pole with a string or rope or something attached to it".

Boynton Beach Police Department added: 'Officer Vargas removed the tape from around its mouth and put him back in the water.

But facing a long wait time and likely a death sentence for the gator, Vargas made a decision to take the gator on a short ride to a nearby canal and let him roam free.

He then safely secured the alligator himself. But Vargas said he was never scared.

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