WELLINGTON, Fla. -- An alligator trapper will continue his efforts Tuesday to track down an alligator spotted near a popular children's park in Wellington.
"I've been out here three days, and this is the first time I've actually seen the alligator," he said. An alligator control officer contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Kramer works alone and with only a hook on the end of his line. He wants to snag some part of the gator's body to reel the animal in, tape its mouth closed, then load it onto his truck.
Kramer said he had the gator in his sights, but came up short. The rains came and the sun set, but Kramer will keep trying.
"Some instances, you show up and catch an alligator in ten minutes," he said. "Sometimes it takes a few days, a few weeks."
He said he doesn't mind the waiting, though. For him, this is tradition. Kramer's father was an alligator trapper for 30 years.
"If you know what you're doing and if you give the alligator respect, it's all right," he said.