A young alligator with its mouth wired shut turned up in a south Bibb County neighborhood Saturday afternoon.
Heidi Nobles, who lives on Lake Drive, said a neighbor called her home about 3:30 p.m. and told her husband that he had an alligator in his yard.
Nobles went outside and saw an alligator that was about 4 feet long. She said the mouth of the alligator was sealed shut with wire and electrical tape. She took photos of it and called 911. The Bibb Sheriff’s Office responded to the call, and later the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department responded.
The alligator sought shelter in a culvert that went under the road. A representative of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources appeared at the scene to capture the reptile.
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Water from a nearby fire hydrant was used to flush the alligator out of the culvert, Nobles said. The DNR ranger snared the alligator with an animal snare pole.
The ranger said he would remove the wire and tape and release the alligator back into the wild, Nobles said.
“I’ve had people dump dogs, cats and even trash in my yard, but I’ve never had anybody dump an alligator before,” Nobles said.
Sgt. Sean DeFoe of the Bibb Sheriff’s office said there is a large swampy area just north of Lake Drive that is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including alligators. Several years ago the sheriff’s office heard accounts of a large alligator, maybe 10 feet long, that would crawl onto the roadway on Ga. 247 in south Bibb County, Defoe said.
Nobles said she has seen small alligators at a nearby golf course before, and she wasn’t frightened of the one she saw Saturday. But but she was bothered that someone would cruelly wire its mouth shut and leave it to starve.
“You could tell he was scared,” she said.