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Gone gator: Search for big, blind Lake Worth alligator is off

Hollywood the blind alligator measured 10 feet, 2 inches when he was removed from the Trinity River in 2015.
Hollywood the blind alligator measured 10 feet, 2 inches when he was removed from the Trinity River in 2015. Star-Telegram

The search for a ‘nuisance’ alligator in Lake Worth is off.

Earlier this month, the city of Fort Worth obtained an expedited Certificate of Nuisance for a 10-foot blind alligator that had been knocking into docks on the south end of the lake.

Since then, there haven’t been any confirmed sightings of the gator — called Hollywood by some — and the certificate has expired.

“Since he hasn’t been seen, he really can’t be considered a nuisance for it to be renewed,” said Rob Denkhaus, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge natural resource manager who was given the task of finding, catching and moving the alligator.

Hollywood “most likely” returned to the north end of the lake, near the nature center, a natural habitat for an estimated 40 alligators. Recent heavy rains and flooding is believed to be the cause for Hollywood’s venture into the higher-trafficked south lake area.

However, it is possible, Denkhaus said, the Hollywood turned south and has ventured into the Trinity River toward Fort Worth, a trip he took last year before he was caught and moved back to the nature center area.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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