Workers at a Pinellas business complex got a surprise this morning when they arrived for work -- an alligator was in the parking lot, snapping at cars. They estimated it was at least 8 feet long, so they called the sheriff's office.
Deputy Jeff Krandell was the first to arrive. But instead of waiting for an alligator trapper, Deputy Krandell grabbed a rope from his trunk.
He said the animal was heading towards the roadway so he had to jump into action. Krandell was able to wrangle the gator and tie it up the animal, which turned out to be 10 feet long.
Florida Fish and Wildlife was called, which then turned the alligator over to a licensed trapper.
The alligator was in the Woodlands Parkway area in Palm Harbor outside an Achieva Bank and a dentist's office.
This was not Deputy Krandell's first animal encounter. He wrestled another alligator about 15 years ago, also while on the force with the sheriff's office.