WATCH: Animal control officers pull gator from storm drain

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Residents in a quiet Pascagoula neighborhood were in for a surprise when a 7 foot gator was found inside a storm drain.

Brooque Snow says she never saw an alligator in person until she was face to face with one in her own neighborhood. As she and her stepdaughter roamed the block, searching for their missing cat, she thought to look down a storm drain.

“We looked inside and there was an alligator,” she said. “At first were like wait a minute, so we took a second glance... then I took out my phone. took a picture and I told the neighbors.”

She immediately called animal control officers, who quickly responded to the Columbus Drive home.

This is across the street from a friend’s house in Pascagoula. A neighbor and her daughter were out looking for their cat, and this 7 foot alligator poked his head out of the storm drain. 😳 #gatorseverywhere #stayawayfromdrains #coastlife

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Once the officers saw that the alligator was more than four feet long, they made the decision to call Mississippi wildlife officials.

State trappers showed up shortly after, wrangling the reptile from the sewer. The alligator turned out to be just over seven feet long.

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Pascagoula Police Capt. Doug Adams said Brooque made the right move by calling for professional help. “You don’t want to feed the gators even if they’re in your yard, you don’t want to try to trap them yourself," he explained.

Adams confirmed that animal control has safely captured the alligator and plans to release it into a nearby marsh.

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