Traffic dodges wayward alligator in Indian River County

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Lovebugs aren't the only animals out looking for love this spring.

An alligator, measuring roughly 5 feet long, was spotted on the edge of Indian River Boulevard near Royal Palm Boulevard at 10 p.m. Wednesday night by passing motorists.

"April and the beginning of May is breeding season for gators and that's when you'll see the males in (public areas)," said Vero Beach animal control officer Bruce Dangerfield, who has been working with animal control for 12 years. "It was a safety issue to get him out of there. He could have caused an accident with cars swerving to miss him."

Vero Beach Police blocked one lane of northbound traffic on Indian River Boulevard until the alligator could be corralled into a sewer drain where it was snared and held until Dangerfield could arrive to remove the animal.

The alligator, the fourth removal Dangerfield has had inside the city limits this spring, was taken out and released in the Fellsmere Stick Marsh on County Road 512.

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