(WATCH) Body cam footage shows Florida police officer wrangling an alligator on front porch
Officer Alfredo Vargas wrestles with an alligator on the front porch of a Florida residence(YouTube) Florida police officer wrangles with an alligator
Body cam footage from a Florida police officer captured the moment an officer wrangled a six-foot-long alligator on the front porch of a home.
Boynton Beach Police released the footage on Facebook on Wednesday of Officer Alfredo Vargas responding to a call from a resident that an alligator was laying near his front door on July 10.
According to the department, Vargas called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, but found out that it would be about roughly 30 minutes before a trapper could get there, and that the trapper would kill the alligator.
Vargas didn’t want to see the animal killed, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advised him that he could release it somewhere else.
Vargas, who had previously learned how to handle alligators at the Native Village in Hollywood, Florida, decided to capture the alligator and put it in the back seat of the patrol car.
Vargas can be seen in the video trying to get a hold of the alligator by using a pole with a noose at the end of it, to put it around the alligator’s head.
Once the alligator has the noose on, Vargas blinds it by placing a jacket on its head. After that, he positions himself behind the alligator and jumps on top of its back to keep it still, so that tape can be put around the mouth to keep it shut.
After putting the alligator in the car, he takes the alligator to a canal by Congress Avenue and Miner Road, and releases it.