CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:13 a.m. this morning about an alligator walking down Spinnaker Blvd. heading toward L.A. Ainger Middle School in the Rotonda area.
Warrant Squad Supervisor Sgt. Rick Goff responded along with two road patrol deputies; FWC was also notified. Deputies taped off the walkway so the kids coming to school shortly would stay away from the area. Sgt. Goff got a rope, lassoed the gator and hogtied it at 7:50 a.m. The 7½ alligator was put on a golf cart and removed from the area so as not to disrupt school. FWC officers and a trapper arrived and took possession of the alligator. FWC Officer Craig Mitchell said, “Sgt. Goff did a great job with the knots and hogtying the gator.”
Last June, CCSO received a call to the same school. An 8-foot alligator was in the playground/soccer area at 7:18 a.m. that morning; it got stuck inside the school property. Sgt. Goff responded and a school bus garage employee handed him a rope. Sgt. Goff lassoed the gator, dragged it back under the fence, and removed from the property.