Pinellas deputies rescue 7-foot gator from drain

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Pinellas deputies rescued an alligator stuck in a storm drain in Seminole Friday night.

A resident called in and reported an alligator stuck in a storm drain at the 117th Drive North and 101st Street in Seminole at about 5 p.m. The caller said that the gator was trying to climb out when someone accidentally pushed it further down the drain, while trying to protect it from being hit by traffic.


Pinellas deputies Meagan Nestor, Damon Laney and Cory List arrived on scene. They opened the manhole cover and found the alligator inside wedged between a pipe and the edge of the drain.

The deputies used a dog leash to close the alligator’s mouth and then duct-taped it. Using the same leash, they lassoed the alligator behind its front legs and hoisted it up and out of the drain, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to take the alligator. According to PCSO, the seven-foot female alligator will be transferred to an alligator farm.

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