Police Officers Wrangle 9-Foot Alligator Roaming Tampa Streets

Police gator

This probably isn’t what these officers had in mind when they signed up for the job…

Police were called the other night when residents spotted a massive 9-foot alligator walking down North Howard street near downtown Tampa, Florida.

One officer lassoed its upper jaw with rope and pulled it away from the curb to the middle of the street, where he and another jumped on the monster’s back to pin it down. From there they covered its eyes with a towel and held its jaws shut while a third officer wrapped them shut with duck tape.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called in to remove the gator, who, according to the trapper called in to dispose of it, will be turned into “luggage and hors d’oeuvres.”


Mature alligators use the Earth’s magnetic fields to guide themselves back home when moved, with some documented cases of gators returning hundreds of miles to where they were removed.

Can you imagine driving down the road at 35 miles per hour and hitting this dense, scaly speed bump? Could completely total your car.

Just another night in the Sunshine State.

Watch the bodycam footage from one of the cops who jumped on the gator’s back here.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock