PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — An alligator drew quite a crowd to the beach in Pass Christian on Monday before being trapped and hauled off by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Pass Christian police said the call came in around 7:30 a.m. Monday of a gator on the beach just west of Jackson Colony. The state wildlife department responded along with the Department of Marine Resources and police.
The alligator weighed in at 450 pounds and almost 11 feet long.
“He was pretty big,” said Deputy Chief Michael Lally of the Pass Christian Police Department. “I think he's the biggest I personally have helped deal with.”
Lally said the responders were on the beach for about an hour trapping the alligator, adding that it's not the first time Pass Christian police have responded to a call about an alligator.
“It happens. We aren't sure where he came from, but a couple of times a year, whether it's in the back bay or the bayous, we get them,” Lally said. “Every now and then they end up on the beach, but we aren't really sure why. He could have come from an island or the back bay.”