Law enforcement officials free gator stuck in storm drain

Officials found 8-foot alligator stuck with head trapped in storm drain opening


PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies and officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife say they freed an alligator that got stuck in a roadway storm drain Friday.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the alligator was stuck in a storm drain at the intersection of 94th Avenue and 117th Street North, located a few blocks from a nearby elementary school.

At 1:30 pm, deputies said they were notified of the stuck gator from a concerned citizen. When law enforcement arrived, deputies said they found the 8-foot animal stuck in the drain with its head trapped in the opening.

When a trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission responded to the scene, officials said deputies and bystanders helped pull the alligator out of the drainage opening.

After looking over the alligator for injuries, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say they will be transporting it to an alligator farm near Dover, Fla.