An alligator dubbed the “Dollar Store Gator” was removed and relocated from a city in Texas after residents started throwing glass and rocks at the reptile.
Residents gave the 400-pound gator the nickname because it spent most of its time hanging around a creek near a dollar store in Port Aransas, MySanAntonio.com reported.
Officials believe the 10-footer had been lurking around the area for two years. Residents who ran into the gator began feeding it, and others began harassing it.
“He’s been showing up on and off for months to the point where half the island was feeding him, and the other half was throwing things at him like glass, rocks and other items,” Richard Gleason, the city’s animal control officer, told the outlet.
“No matter what though, he just wasn’t leaving.”
Licensed trappers caught the alligator on Monday, and relocated it the next day to Gator Country Adventure Park in Beaumont.
“It was quite a catch,” Gleason said. “It took about four or five of us to get him on the truck. He even peeled my skin a bit from sliding down my arm. He was ridiculously strong.”
The animal rescue group posted photos of the gator’s capture on Facebook, including one where the gator is being lifted inside the back of a truck.
“Named him ‘Fin’ after one of our favorite restaurants there!” the group wrote.