ATASCOCITA, Texas (KTRK) – See you soon, alligator! According to Constable Mark Herman, that’s the message the Harris County Constable’s Office has for a 12-foot alligator they removed from the Atascocita neighborhood Monday morning.
District 4 delegates responded to the 13800 block of North Lake Branch Lane in the Waters Edge subdivision in Atascocita following reports of a 12-foot alligator in the middle of the street.
The alligator was safely captured and is currently under animal control.
Photos posted by Herman show the crocodile emerging from under a truck parked on the street.
Just last week, another alligator was seen and caught in a Cinco Ranch subdivision. That one measured at 11 feet.
Michael Schwab videotaped the gator being lifted off the ground by a truck.
“It’s a sight to see,” Schwab said. “He’s been running around. He looked tired, but that was the beginning of them getting rid of him, and it was probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen animals. wise.”
Schwab said the gator looks like a dinosaur.
Gator seeing doesn’t end there. Two Missouri residents have found an alligator on their porch in the past few weeks. One of them was single-handedly outraged by a local restaurant owner after he sent his children to school.
Texas Parks and Wildlife says it’s not seeing an explosion in the gator population. The recent scenes have attracted a lot of attention, which they say can make it seem like something is up with the researchers.
Stefan Kuhlman with Urban Forest Wildlife Removal says there are a number of factors that can lead to the sighting of the gator.
First, he says they are most active in the spring and summer because of the heat.
Second, he said the weather affects them. During this early summer drought, the hounds searched for water. During recent rains, Kuhlman said they look for higher ground.
“Some are just habitat loss,” says Kuhlman. “We’re encroaching on their habitat. They have less places to go without people. When new subdivisions are built, the crocodiles are already there and they won’t move away.”
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