(L-R) Polk County Sheriff, Ken Hammack, Game Warden, David Johnson, Sergeant Adam Norris with the Polk County Sheriff's Office
Game Warden Rises to Occasion, Deals with Massive Gator, BLANCHARD, May 3, 2019 - At approximately 6 pm on May 2, 2019, Game Warden, David Johnson was summoned to deal with a MASSIVE alligator that was blocking traffic in the middle of FM-3126 (a short distance down from RB Lake Grocery). Game Wardens are not trained to wrestle gators. They're not trained to sneak up behind the gator and jump on its back and tape its mouth shut... BUT, Johnson is a local game warden who was on duty. So good, bad, or indifferent, Johnson was expected to step up and deal with the wild beast.
Just Do Your Best...
Game Warden Johnson showed up and was smart enough to keep a safe distance from the angry gator's formidable jaws. Johnson used a metal rod to poke, prod, push and coax the contrary, stubborn beast for nearly an hour and was finally able to get the gator off of the road (allowing traffic to flow again). Once the gator was out of the road, Johnson then called an independent control hunter (Steven Moye). With Moye's expertise, Johnson and Polk County Sheriff's Deputies were able to load the gator into a trailer and successfully relocate it to a place that was gator friendly and far from people. The gator was never harmed, just aggravated and peed off.
Stop having to buy new tires every six months! FIX IT ONCE AND FOR ALL!
Johnson used a long, heavy duty nylon strap and a metal pole to eventually coax the beast off the road and into the grass.
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