Gator captured with the help of 80-year-old man

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MIAMI, Fla. (CNN) — Crews in South Florida hauled off a massive alligator from a home in the Miami-Dade area Tuesday. The successful wrangling was mostly thanks to the efforts of an 80-year-old man who simply would not back down.

“I’ll tell you one thing. I’m 80 years old…and that thing tugged me all over,” says Ed Chapman, the 80-year-old man who wrestled the gator.

He says he was alerted to the gator by his dog who ran away from the reptilian visitor.

“I saw it because my dog ran out and then I saw her veer off. And then she ran back and I looked and there it was. I said, damn that’s a big gator,” recalls Chapman.

Chapman says the gator measured about six and half feet, but it would measure longer if not for the fact that the gator’s tail had been cut off.

“I went and got the noose pole and I got it around his neck. And we argued together ’til we got all the way over to this pond, and then he got his front legs down in the reeds there, and then we went all the way down he had a space in the water,” Chapman says he called 911 for help, but he had the gator contained on his own.

The reptile rodeo isn’t unusual for Chapman, who spends his time catching and breeding venomous snakes for venom research. Chapmen has about 60 snakes, and also breeds wolves.

Wildlife experts say alligator sightings will likely increase in near future, as mating season is approaching.


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