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Boynton Beach police officer puts his alligator wrestling skills to the test

Police body cam captures gator in front of Boynton Beach home

Video from a police body cam captures the moment an officer comes across an alligator at the front door of a Boynton Beach home on July 10, 2017.
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Video from a police body cam captures the moment an officer comes across an alligator at the front door of a Boynton Beach home on July 10, 2017.

For some, this is the stuff of nightmares. For Boynton Beach Police Officer Alfredo Vargas, it’s just another day on the job.

Vargas responded to a call from a resident who found an alligator lying by his front door, police said. Vargas’ body camera captured the whole thing.

Although the incident happened weeks ago, the camera footage was released Wednesday. In the video, the alligator looks up at Vargas with its mouth open wide. Vargas traps the gator and tapes its mouth shut.

Vargas called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who told him it would take 30 minutes before a trapper could come help. The FWC would likely kill the alligator, police said, so Vargas put the alligator into the back of his patrol car and took it to a nearby canal. Vargas removed the tape and released the reptile into the water.

The officer learned how to handle and wrestle alligators during a training session at The Native Village wildlife sanctuary in Hollywood.

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