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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a quiet Friday morning along the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth. No kayakers and tubers yet after Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens pulled a 10-foot blind alligator from the river on Thursday.
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say there are smaller alligators farther northwest all along the Trinity, but for the most part they leave people alone.
Game Wardens say the gator they pulled out had been there for about three months. Workers had kept an eye on the animal after reported sightings.
Recent heavy rains and flooding may have brought the gator to the area.
Amanda Cobb rides her bike in the area. “All the flooding going on I’m not surprised,” she said. “So much rain there is bound to be all kinds of things out there you just never know.”
Game Wardens say the gator was never aggressive and didn’t cause any problems, but they wanted to remove it because it was getting close to where people kayak and float the river.
Workers at Panther Island Rentals say they aren’t worried about more alligators impacting kayakers, because they are usually not spotted in this area.
Officials with the Trinity River Vision, which runs the Rockin’ the River tubing and music series, say the gator was about two miles away from where people float and they had been keeping an eye on it.
“I feel safe running and riding up and down the Trinity. I don’t have a problem with it at all,” says cyclist Sharon Urquhart.
The 10′ 2″ long gator is being relocated to a nearby animal sanctuary.
Game Wardens advise anyone who comes across an alligator to go the opposite direction and just stay away from the creature.
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