Man Catches Alligator By Playing With It In Pool

Celebrity Trapper, Paul Bedard, Tired Out The Alligator Before Getting It Out Of Pool

October 21, 2019
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There are a number of ways to catch an alligator. Apparently one of those ways is to play with it until it gets tired. While most wouldn’t attempt this method, celebrity trapper Paul Bedard recently shared his experience playing with a wild gator in a pool in order to remove it.

Got an e-gator call this morning about an 8 to 9 foot alligator in a swimming pool up in Parkland. The gator had walked through the screen and into the pool. I haven't had a good-sized gator in a swimming pool in probably a year, so I was kind of looking forward to this when I got the call. These are actually fun because the gator can't go anywhere and the water's almost always crystal clear. So all I have to do is jump in the water play around with him until he's tired and I can either hold his mouth shut and put a snare on it and tape it, or if he super energetic I can get him tired enough where I can just pick him up without the tape and carry him out in the yard and then tape him up once I get there. This guy was super mellow didn't really give me a hard time at all, I couldn't get him to spin on me he really wanted nothing to do with me. I simply made a frontal catch put a snare on his mouth and taped him up. Then finally got him to expend some energy.... I didn't want to pull him out of the water until he was tired, because he'll usually go into a death roll and smash himself up on the concrete or, if he's not taped, bite the concrete or something so it's always better to make him expend that energy in the water where is not going to get banged up. He ended up being 8 feet 8 in, and didn't really give me a hassle at all, it was basically as smooth and easy as it ever gets. Thank you Lord, much appreciated. #gatorboysalligatorrescue #gatorboys #rescue #animal #alligator #gators #gator #paulbedard #evergladesholidaypark #everglades #crocodile #croc #greatful #nuisancealligator

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Paul Bedard, who has appeared on Animal Planet’s ‘Gator Boys,’ was recently called to a home in Florida that found an alligator in their pool. Bedard, who works for the Nuisance Alligator Program, has trapped many alligators before, but for this one felt the best method was to tire out the alligator by playing with it.

According to Bedard, he was able to successfully capture the 9-foot, 185-pound alligator by playing with it in the pool. Once removed from the family’s pool, Bedard brought the alligator to relocation in the Everglades. Bedard made it seem easy, but that doesn’t mean anyone should attempt his method of catching alligators.

Via Yahoo!