CAPE CORAL, Fla. - April is the start of mating season for alligators, and as temperatures continue to get hotter, alligators tend to become more active, increasing the chances that humans might cross paths with them. 

On Saturday, one of those encounters began with an evening walk for a man and his dog. Tyler Reed, took his pit bull Daisy for a walk around his block in Cape Coral when he noticed what he thought was some debris in the storm drain outside his house. 
 
"I was just walking up, and I saw the dark shadow in there," he said. "I thought it was a branch at first and was gonna pull it out. I got closer and definitely realized it was not a branch. That’s when I called the police department.”
 

 

It wasn't long before FWC sent a trapper, assisted by Cape Coral police, to hoist the gator out with a truck. 
 
“We were all just guessing it came from the canal," Reed said. "These drains run out there and he just climbed through and it was a one way trip from there because he’s too big to turn around."
 
The alligator was measured to be 8 feet and 11 inches, long enough to terrify neighbors. The gator didn't go without a fight either. In the video, you can see it thrash against the truck multiple times. 
 
"He was hissing and arching up, fighting," Jill Pugh, of Cape Coral, said. "He was a big one.”
 
But he was no match for the trappers who eventually hauled him away.
 
FWC hasn't said what became of the alligator. However, if you happen to find one on your property and would like to have someone come and remove it, you can call FWC's nuisance alligator hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).
 
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