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Watch as a 7-foot alligator at Run From Cops Death-Rolls in the Florida Backyard

Have you ever wondered what alligator wrestling is like from the trapper’s perspective?

Trappers from Pesky Critters Wildlife Control in Florida used GoPro cameras to record the capture of a 7-foot alligator from a property in Miami-Dade County’s Redlands on March 11 and shared the footage on its Facebook page.

The footage shows the alligator snapping and flailing as it battles the trappers.

“Anytime you have an alligator on land, it’s out of its element,” said Todd Hardwick, the owner of Pesky Critters news week. “It makes the capture much more dangerous because the animal feels like it’s at a disadvantage and it can fight and react with you quicker.”

Hardwick said this particular alligator was originally spotted on the street, but fled to someone’s backyard when authorities arrived. “He ran away from the police,” he said.

In the video, Hardwick can be seen approaching the alligator and tying a rope around it. “As soon as we put a rope around him, he went into a death roll 50 feet,” Hardwick said.

A roll of death is the rapid spinning motion of alligators when catching their prey. “It’s also their instinct when they feel threatened,” Hardwick said. “They go into that twist and roll and roll and roll.”

This makes them harder to pin down and also more likely to damage property. “I didn’t want him to roll up and tear up the fence, so I tried to work him away from the fence as quickly as possible to avoid property damage,” Hardwick said.

Florida is home to over 1.3 million alligators, according to the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They are mainly found in swamps, swamps, rivers and wetlands, but at this time of year they often come into residential areas to look for food and a mate.

“Females generally stay in the Everglades and the wild areas, but the males — because they’re so territorial with each other — eventually come into the neighborhood,” Hardwick said.

Alligators are less frequently sighted in winter. “Their metabolism slows down and they don’t eat as much,” Hardwick said.

However, as we approach spring, their activity begins to change. “Now that it’s getting warmer, they’re getting hungry, they’re eating more, and their hormones are starting to kick in,” Hardwick said.

“We’re not quite into the breeding season yet, but we’re getting close. This is the season when alligators start roaming and climbing out of rivers or canals and taking shortcuts through neighborhoods and onto streets.”

To stay safe around these apex predators, Hardwick has some simple advice. “I always tell everyone that if you see an alligator, you have to give it a wide berth — you know, stay 25 feet away from it — and you have to call the authorities and get the alligator team out of there before anything happens. “

He continued, “If you have a dog, keep him on a leash and stay 20 feet from the water’s edge so the alligator doesn’t try to get him. Avoid areas of dense vegetation around the water because that’s where the alligator would be hiding.

“And above all, don’t feed the alligators. Once you start feeding them, you condition them to approach people and then they become dangerous.”

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