An over 10-foot alligator is free to roam a Labelle alligator preserve, a couple of days after deputies and a trapper caught the giant reptile on a roadway.
Ray Simonsen, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper, released the 10-foot 6-inch alligator to a Labelle preserve in Immokalee this week. It took some bold maneuvering to free the scaly animal from its restraints.
Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Immokalee Rd and Randall Blvd. Wednesday morning in response to the alligator. Simonsen took about an hour to clear the reptile from the roadway.
CCSO said the encounter was not unusual. During alligator mating season, it is a common sight to see these animals. Their mating season concludes at the end of June.
“It’s a happy ending for this big boy, who will get to live out his days at the preserve,” said Collier County Sheriff’s Office in a social media post. “We’re just glad we weren’t the ones trying to coax him into the water.”