BOCA RATON, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Boca Raton, Fla., residents were surprised to find a 7-foot alligator roaming the city's Country Park neighborhood, officials say.
Word about the gator spread fast, WPTV of West Palm Beach, Fla., reported Sunday. "Nobody can visit us," lamented 10-year-old Camillo Villegas.
When police arrived, they set up a perimeter, while Bryan Mudd, an alligator control agent with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, began to creep up behind the reptile.
"Once you get his mouth taped, he's pretty much safe," said Mudd, adding "You drag it you let it get tired so when it's tired it's easier to handle. I let it beat itself up."
Alligators that are over 5 feet long are processed for their meat and hide, and thus was the fate of this big guy.