A family that was fishing near the Monongahela River made a very surprising discovery on Saturday: They saw an alligator sunning itself on the riverside trail and promptly called 911 to report it.
The gator, which weighed about 10 pounds and was around 3 feet long, tried to hide from officers underneath a fallen tree — making it difficult for them to use catch poles and tongs to grab it, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Care and Control.
Alligator captured on shoreline at Southside Riverfront Park
Eventually, officers dug into the soil to create an opening and captured the alligator by hand about an hour after 911 had been called.
According to the officers on the scene, the alligator was likely a pet that someone released into the wild.
It was also apparently a bit overweight, which led officers to suspect that the alligator was eating well by the banks of the Monongahela.
The alligator, which was not injured and appeared healthy, will reportedly stay at Humane Animal Rescue until a shelter or refuge is identified for relocation.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A family that was fishing along the banks of the Monongahela River spotted something that didn’t seem quite right, so they alerted 911.
When Pittsburgh Public Safety responded to the call, they also saw an alligator sunning itself on one of the trails.
Around about 1:15 p.m., Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Care and Control officers and a conservation officer from the Fish and Boat Commission arrived to catch the three-foot-long, 10 pound alligator.
At first attempt, the alligator hid under a fallen tree so they couldn’t use a grabbing device to capture it.
Officers then dug away at the dirt on the ground to create an opening and proceeded to capture the alligator with their hands. They then used a nylon strip to cover the alligator’s mouth and placed it in a crate.
It’s believed, according to officials, that the alligator was a pet that was released into the wild.
i just got home from fishing the mon river its around 3am sunday. I was fishing under the homestead grays bridge at the park. Well as I was packing up my wife and I herd splashing around so we looked over the edge and a duck was franticly flapping its wings then it went under… very true… and then I look it up online what eats ducks then I ran into a few videos and this video as well. so I for sure can tell you that there is at least one more gator loose on the mon river…