10-foot alligator safely captured near downtown Fort Worth

Alligator by Guillaume Capron (Flickr)
Alligator by Guillaume Capron (Flickr)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A big, blind alligator more than 10 feet long has been safely hauled from the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth.

Game wardens and a reptile hunter captured the male gator Thursday night at Riverside Park.

Chris Stevens, who's licensed to remove nuisance alligators, says the animal was in a high-profile location. Stevens feared people might feed or poke the alligator, which he believes is blind.

He took custody of the gator that measures 10 feet, 2 inches. The animal will be moved to a refuge or more rural area.

Experts say heavy rain and flooding may have contributed to the alligator found so far down downstream. Game wardens were on the lookout for the gator after several reported sightings, then summoned Stevens to help locate and remove the reptile.

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