5-foot gator caught in Palm Bay neighborhood


Two Palm Bay police officers helped capture an almost-five-foot-long alligator Friday afternoon, police say.

The department took to Facebook with a picture of the cheeky creature, open-mouthed and held with a snare. Officers Reinier Gomez and Thomas Baker apprehended the gator as it meandered through a resident's yard, according to the post.

"Everyone can sleep soundly tonight knowing this guy is off the streets," the post said, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

No information was immediately available on whether additional animal services were used.

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