Roaming alligator snarls traffic in Brevard

Licensed trapper captures beast near gas station

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An alligator snarls traffic in Brevard.

VIERA, Fla. - A wandering 5-foot alligator snarled Wickham Road traffic Sunday afternoon near the entrances to Viera SuperTarget and Walmart Supercenter.

Someone called 911 and reported the roving reptile just before 5:15 p.m., Brevard County sheriff's Deputy Maria Fernez said.

Two deputies tried to corral the gator using a ladder, but the animal aggressively thwarted their efforts, Fernez said.

The predator triggered periodic lane closures on eastbound and westbound Wickham Road.

A licensed wildlife trapper lassoed and tied up the gator around 6:30 p.m. near the Murphy USA gas station.

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