Giant gator lassoed, dragged off road in Texas

The 12-foot alligator was crossing a farm road southeast of San Antonio.
The 12-foot alligator was crossing a farm road southeast of San Antonio. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

A Texas game warden riding in a pickup lassoed an errant 12-foot alligator and dragged it off a road and out of traffic south of San Antonio on Thursday morning, according to the Wilson County News.

The gator was crossing Farm Road 536 outside Floresville, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, and evidently created a hazard. The road leads to the San Antonio River, the gator’s likely destination, the Texas Hill Country website reported.

Authorities put the alligator down.

“It’s an issue of public safety,” said San Antonio Game Warden David Nieto, who lassoed the gator while riding in a pickup driven by a Wilson County deputy sheriff.

When some questioned why the gator had to be killed, the wildlife department responded in part, “It was determined in consultation with an experienced permitted nuisance alligator control hunter that removal and relocation was not possible due to the size and stressed condition of the animal.”

The gator weighed an estimated 400 pounds, according to reports.

Sightings of the official state reptile of Florida aren’t uncommon in Texas, but the size of this gator raised eyebrows. The mysantanio.com website has a gallery of wayward gators that have been captured down that way, including this one.