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Alligator dubbed the ‘Dollar Store Gator’ and known for lurking around a Texas bargain outlet

Alligator dubbed the ‘Dollar Store Gator’ that spent months lurking near a Texas bargain outlet is relocated after residents started throwing rocks at it

  • Alligator was given nickname after lurking around Dollar General in Port Aransas
  • Six men were seen to lift the mighty alligator onto the back of a truck on Monday
  • Alligator has been renamed ‘Fin’ at Gator Country Adventure Park in Beaumont

A 10-foot male alligator dubbed the ‘Dollar Store Gator’ has been rescued from a city in Texas after residents started throwing glass and rocks at the mammoth reptile. 

The alligator, which weighs 400 pounds, was given the moniker after lurking around Dollar General in Port Aransas, according to animal control officer Richard Gleason.

Licensed trappers Gary and Shannon Saurage, from Beaumont, Texas, spent nearly five hours transferring the alligator to a truck on Monday.  

The 10-foot male alligator (pictured) dubbed the ‘Dollar Store Gator’ has been rescued from a city in Texas after residents started throwing glass and rocks at the mammoth reptile

Six men were seen lifting the mighty alligator onto the back of a truck after pinning the reptile down as people gathered to watch. 

Meanwhile two officers were pictured using all of their strength to clamp down the jaw of the alligator. 

‘He’s been showing up on and off for months to the point where half the island was feeding him, and the other half was throwing things at him like glass, rocks and other items,’ Mr Gleason told MySanAntonia.com.

Six men were seen lifting the mighty alligator onto the back of a truck after pinning the reptile down as people gathered to watch

Six men were seen lifting the mighty alligator onto the back of a truck after pinning the reptile down as people gathered to watch

The Port Aransas Police Department reportedly received up to 10 calls a day about people harassing the alligator which 'wasn't scared' and would walk up to residents

The Port Aransas Police Department reportedly received up to 10 calls a day about people harassing the alligator which ‘wasn’t scared’ and would walk up to residents

The Port Aransas Police Department reportedly received up to 10 calls a day about people harassing the alligator which ‘wasn’t scared’ and would walk up to residents.

However Mr Gleason explained that the alligator had to be removed for the safety of the residents and the reptile. 

Mr Gleason said the alligator, which took three attempts to capture, was ‘ridiculously strong’ and the reptile even ‘peeled’ his skin off after sliding down his arm. 

Meanwhile two officers were pictured using all of their strength to clamp the jaw of the alligator

Meanwhile two officers were pictured using all of their strength to clamp the jaw of the alligator

Mr Gleason explained that the alligator had to be removed for the safety of the residents and the reptile

Mr Gleason explained that the alligator had to be removed for the safety of the residents and the reptile

The animal was transported to the Gator Country Adventure Park in Beaumont on Tuesday morning which is home to more than 450 alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles. 

The charity posted a collection of pictures of the alligator to Facebook, captioned: ’10ft 1 inch Nuisance Alligator catch in Port Aransas, Texas. Bringing this big ole boy back to Gator Country! Named him ‘Fin’ after one of our favorite restaurants there!’ 

A ‘Nuisance Alligator’ is defined as an alligator which measures longer than four feet in length and presents a threat to pets, livestock or people. 

Licensed trappers Gary and Shannon Saurage (pictured), from Beaumont, Texas, spent nearly five hours transferring the alligator to the truck on Monday

Licensed trappers Gary and Shannon Saurage (pictured), from Beaumont, Texas, spent nearly five hours transferring the alligator to the truck on Monday

Mr Gleason said the alligator, which took three attempts to capture, was 'ridiculously strong' and the reptile even 'peeled' his skin off after sliding down his arm. Pictured: Licensed trappers Gary and Shannon Saurage

Mr Gleason said the alligator, which took three attempts to capture, was ‘ridiculously strong’ and the reptile even ‘peeled’ his skin off after sliding down his arm. Pictured: Licensed trappers Gary and Shannon Saurage

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