Advertisement

Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

Updated: October 17, 2019 01:01 PM

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool.

Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a house in Parkland, Florida.

Advertisement

Bedard said he was able to pull the nearly 9-foot (2.7-meter) animal out of the water once it grew tired from playing with him in the pool on Wednesday. He put a snare on its mouth and taped it.

He described the reptile as "mellow" and named it Cool Hand Luke after the 1967 film starring Paul Newman.

Bedard said the alligator weighed 185 pounds (83.92 kilograms).

Bedard starred in Animal Planet's reality show "Gator Boys.

Connect with KSTP


Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Credits

(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Advertisement

2 dead after Spring Lake Park house fire

1 man dead near Stone Arch Bridge after report of shooting

Minnesota state Rep. Diane Loeffler dies at 66

Vikings: 3 keys to defeating the Denver Broncos

Mild Sunday weather looks similar to the week ahead

As St. Paul teen is laid to rest, community wrestles with how to combat gun violence

Advertisement