Florida officer traps wild alligator with rope, ties it to patrol car

‘I gotta hold down this gator,’ the officer recalls

Miami-Dade officer traps wild alligator with rope, ties it to patrol car Play Video (WPLG)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A Miami-Dade police officer had to take a scaly suspect into custody on Tuesday afternoon in southwest Miami-Dade County, according to News 6 partner WPLG.

It all started when police responded to reports of an alligator on the side of the road along Southwest 136th Street and 97th Avenue.

Police said the 6 1/2-foot alligator went back into the water before reemerging on the grass.

Sky 10 was over the scene as officers tried to surround the gator with their patrol vehicles.

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One of the officers got out and made several attempts to lasso the alligator before successfully capturing it with a tow rope and then tying it to his cruiser.

“It’s a soft rope. I was able to lasso it around its top legs, and it was in the midsection where I was able to hold it and secure it so it wouldn’t go out into the street,” Miami-Dade police Officer Manuel Orol said. “I just made a split-second decision saying, ‘I gotta hold this gator, I gotta contain it,’ and that’s what I went by.”

Trappers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission eventually arrived to the scene, where the gator tried to roll out of another lasso.

Officers then draped a towel over the gator before pinning it down and taping its snout.

The gator was then moved to the back of a truck.

Local 10 News reached out to the FWC to see what will happen to the gator.

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Louis Aguirre is an Emmy-award winning journalist who anchors weekday newscasts and serves as WPLG Local 10’s Environmental Advocate.