Alligator causes morning commotion

ALBANY, Ga. — An 8-foot-long alligator on a 1 a.m. Friday stroll brought police, fire and wildlife responders out to rescue or maybe just annoy him, an Albany Police Department report stated.

The alligator had stopped in the Westover Road median, the report stated, and looked as if it were heading toward the Burnt Tree Trailer Park.

Albany Fire Department firefighters turned a fire hose and 500 gallons of water on the gator in an attempt to force it back into its habitat, the report stated.

That proved useless, according to Deputy Fire Chief Ron Rowe. “He liked the water,” Rowe said.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician on the scene, Adam Deals, immobilized the alligator by tying it to a truck, said Brian Vickery, field supervisor for the agency.

Once black electrician’s tape was wrapped around the alligator’s mouth for protection, it was taken to a suitable wildlife preserve, Vickery said.