COPY-Large alligator caught on major highway in Broward

Associated Press - April 1, 2008 11:04 AM ET

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials say the alligator that forced one major highway in Broward County to shut down is too big to release back into the wild.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro says the alligator measures 9.5 feet and can't be relocated. Instead, it will be harvested.

Drivers kept a close eye on the gator Tuesday morning as it slowly moved on the grass behind State Road 7 in the Fort Lauderdale area. It took about an hour for a Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy to block off the area until a wildlife officer arrived.

With traffic backed up, onlookers watched as the gator crept closer.

The wildlife officer was able to snag the gator just after morning rush hour.

No one was hurt.

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