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8-foot alligator knocks down wrangler next to Texas highway, video shows

connectVideoNuisance alligators on the rise in Florida

With April comes the start of the alligator mating season, which means that more aggressive gators on the prowl, and that is not sitting well with the residents of the Sunshine State. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says more than 7,000 nuisance alligators should be killed or moved last year, compared with 6,700 in 2017.

An 8-foot, 7-inch alligator beat a wrangler on the side of a highway in Texas, a video.

Wilderness Animal Control was called to remove the 170-pound gator from the side of the US. 59 near Cleveland, Texas, on Wednesday morning, according to Chron.com.

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“I pulled it in myself, but it took three of us to pin him down,” Andre Coetzee, who is the owner of Wilderness Animal Control, told the outlet.

The animal control department posted a video of the encounter on Facebook after the gator was turned.

At the beginning of the video, two men can be seen to be in control of the gator, with a man — Coetzee — the hold of a cable-they had got to the gator, the neck and the other on the top of the gator, while they tried to get the tape from her mouth.

However, as Coetzee let’s go to the tape, the gator rolled the man off his back, opening his mouth to the wranglers, who managed to take control again with the cable.

The gator fought back and continued to roll, trying to escape the cable and the wranglers.

Eventually, two men were able to hold the gator down, with a third person to help to make his mouth close, while Coetzee has stuck.

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Coetzee told Chron.com the gator was taken to a nearby swamp, where it was released. He said Wilderness Animal Control is already included four gators this year.

“With all that rain, we get these phone calls a day,” Coetzee told the outlet. “It is also mating season, so the males move around, a lot of friends. Because there is water everywhere, they don’t need to travel far to get from one puddle to the other.”

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According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, alligators begin to court in April and breed in late May and early June.

The Warmer weather also the speed of the prehistoric predators’ metabolism, making them more active and aggressive as they hunt for prey and mate in the coastal South.

Fox News’ Allie Raffa contributed to this report.

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