'Agitated' Alligator Apprehended at East Bibb Home | Families
An "agitated" and "chunky" 12-foot alligator has made itself at home under the porch of an east Bibb County house.
According to a news release, the gator crawled out of a nearby swamp and to its temporary refuge off Riggins Mill Road at 5566 Kiernan Drive.
That was Tuesday morning, but the scaly beast first showed up last night in a "non-residential area" off Joe Tamplin Industrial Blvd, not far from the Macon Downtown Airport.
But it wasn't threatening anyone so Dept. of Natural Resources told Bibb deputies to have Southeast Reptile Rescue, out of Griffin, tend to the problem.
Deputies found themselves "on alert" overnight because the gator slipped back into the swamp before trappers could arrive.
The gator resurfaced in Hosie Mackey's yard, Tuesday morning.
Mackey says he was enjoying a quiet morning at home when his neighbor called to say he saw danger lurking.
"He said Hosie, I'm not trying to scare you but you got an alligator in your backyard. I said man stop playing around," Mackey recalled.
After taking a peek from his kitchen window, Mackey saw the alligator crawling around near his fence. He says he immediately called 911, then they told him to call Southeastern Reptile Rescue.
Jason Clark and his team were not surprised. Clark says this is the second alligator they've captured in two weeks.
"A lot of people don't realize that Macon is the natural habitat of American alligators. They're supposed to be here, it's just that we don't want them roaming up in people's backyards," said Clark.
Clark's rescue crew took the alligator to a wild habitat and released it.