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Forklift removes giant alligator from Brickyard Bayou


By Steve Phillips – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - They used heavy rope, a large roll of duct tape and a fork lift. That's what it took Friday morning for alligator trappers to capture and remove two large gators from Gulfport's Brickyard Bayou.

Nervous neighbors watched from a safe distance as veteran trapper Sam Searcy and his team went to work.

"Yeah, that's a big one," said one resident, armed with a digital camera.

How does one remove a 12 foot 9 inch alligator? Very carefully seems the obvious answer.

Dona Haynes admitted, it was a little unnerving to see the big gators so close to home.

"Yes it is, especially with children around," she said, while watching the trappers work.

To say the gator was reluctant to leave Brickyard Bayou is an understatement. As trappers tried to pull the giant gator toward the shore, it began a violent "death roll."

"Good gracious!" one resident exclaimed, as the gator splashed and moved.

After more than a few nervous moments, more so for neighbors than trappers, the giant gator was finally subdued enough to be taped.

They used duct tape to hold the mouth shut. You see, while gators exert enormous pressure clamping down, it takes very little to keep those giant jaws shut.

"Oh, it's huge," said Ted Hearn.

"I come down here with my grand daughter and we play around those trees  I never thought about these things being down here," said Charlie Delk.

Trappers used a fork lift to remove the 800 pound beast. Along with the nearly 13 footer, another 10 foot plus gator was also taken from the bayou. Unfortunately, both had become too familiar with people.

"He actually came right up to me and ate the chicken," trapper Chris Husley said. "So, when they get to be that, the state wants us to catch them and get them away from the public. Do what we gotta do."

Sadly, the two large gators will be killed rather than re-located.

For trapper, Sam Searcy, it was just another day on the job.  In 24 years, he's trapped some 2,000 alligators.

"Almost 13 foot. He's a good one. That's what we were after. So, we did our job," said the calm mannered Searcy.

Alligator trappers are licensed by the state to remove "nuisance gators."  Trappers generally sell the meat and hides of the animals.

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