The 11-foot-six-inch tall alligator found in Bossier Parish early Wednesday evening was pronounced dead shortly after a contractor for the state of Louisiana was called to remove the large reptile, according to Pat Culverhouse, spokesman for Bossier Parish Police Jury.
Culverhouse said William Mott, an officer for the Parish Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit spotted the alligator when he was on patrol on LA Highway 154 in south Bossier Parish.
When Mott spotted the alligator, it appeared to be about to cross the highway, Culverhouse added.
CVEU officers are charged with looking out for and checking permits for oversized and overweight vehicles on parish roads, but have little experience with handling oversized and overweight reptiles, so Mott called the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office and requested assistance.
The honking of a horn spooked what Culverhouse called the “well-fed” alligator, which reconsidered crossing the road and instead headed for the ditch, which is where the state contractor dealt with the super-sized gator.
Although the Parish and the Sheriff’s Office requested the state contractor to remove the alligator, which was only around a quarter mile from Elm Grove Middle School, it was extremely dangerous due to the critter’s magnitude.
Culverhouse said it is feasible for alligators up to six-feet tall to be relocated, but was told it’s nearly impossible to do so with one reaching the substantial size of the one found Wednesday.