Amazing newly released body cam footage shows the moment a brave police officer took matters into his own hands to deal with an alligator nuisance which was trespassing on the front porch of a home in Hollywood, Florida.
The Boynton Beach Police Department posted the video to their social media accounts Wednesday, which shows the officer Alfredo Vargas wrestling the alligator into custody after he found it lying near the front door of the residence.
In the heroic video, Vargas first approaches the alligator with a pole about 5 feet long with what appears to be a noose at the end of it. Once the alligator's head is lassoed, the officer tapes its snout shut.
Officer Vargas says he decided to handle the gator himself after he called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who told him that a trapper wouldn't likely arrive for another 30 minutes and would likely kill the gator, the police department wrote on Facebook.
Florida Wildlife Control has advised Vargas that he could release the alligator elsewhere, so he put it in the back seat of his patrol car and placed it in a nearby canal after removing the tape from its mouth, police said.
Officer Vargas has been trained previously on how to handle nuisance alligators and returns them to their natural habitat by Gator Boys Alligator Rescue at the Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, police said.