11-foot ‘gator nabbed prowling Greenville streets
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi wildlife department sergeant and six others caught an 11-foot-alligator prowling the streets of Greenville.
Master Sgt. Hugh Johnson told The Delta Democrat-Times (http://bit.ly/ntYfBM) that a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the alligator while patrolling Wednesday morning.
The alligator was to be released at the Pearl River Wildlife Management area in Madison County.
“He’s a reminder that where there is one, there are others. This must be taken very seriously. They can hurt you,” said Johnson, who was bitten on his right thumb earlier this year by one of the reptiles.
“These animals are hungry,” said Johnson. “They will eat anything that gets in their way.”
Johnson advised residents not to feed alligators and to call authorities if they spot one.
“I can’t emphasize enough on how important it is to call someone if they spot one of these things,” he said. “They are very dangerous.”