Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department recently transported an unusual suspect – a 5 1/2-foot alligator – in the back of their car after the alligator was found on a family’s porch.
After responding to a call about an alligator on a family’s porch in Eagle Lake, the deputies wrangled the alligator and put him in the back seat to transport him to a new location. Deputies Hardy and Ferguson definitely outdid their colleagues this time.
A tweet from the department about the incident read, “ Not to be outdone by a kitten rescue, Deputies Hardy & Ferguson apprehended this 5 1/2-foot intruder from a family’s porch in Eagle Lake yesterday & relocated him to Lake McLeod. They were sure to say “see ya later.”
The department posted images along with the caption of the deputies wrangling the alligator and another with the animal riding in the back seat.
After detaining the animal, the deputies relocated it to Lake McLeod.
It’s currently mating season for gators. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that the season occurs every year in May or June.
According to the FWC, female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length, while the longest male alligator was recorded to be 14 feet, three-and-a-half inches.
In Florida, dealing with alligators is a fairly routine part of the police’s job. In May this year, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies had to remove an alligator from under someone’s car using a broom, while in Tampa police picked up an alligator off the highway and also escorted him in their car. These incidents led many spectators to utter, “only in Florida.”