'Hangry' alligator chases people through Wendy's parking lot in southwest Florida

Deputies, state wildlife trapper help wrangle 6-foot gator
Lee County deputies and FWC trapper catch 6-foot alligator chasing pedestrians in Wendy's parking lot
Posted at 1:02 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 13:03:10-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — A "hangry" alligator was captured in southwest Florida after chasing people through a Wendy's parking lot, deputies said.

Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the Wendy's on Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres on Monday afternoon after the 6-foot gator was spotted harassing unsuspecting customers -- and maybe even scaring some away.

"He may have just been 'hangry' for a cheeseburger, but he gave many quite the scare," according to a tweet on the Lee County Sheriff's Office official Twitter page.

Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District joked in a tweet that the gator was causing "a slightly delayed response time."

Deputies, with the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, helped wrangle the gator, which was relocated to a farm in LaBelle, WBBH reported.