Almost 11-Foot Long Alligator Discovered on US 90
LIBERTY, April 7, 2012 - Very early on Saturday morning a motorist notified the City of Liberty Police Department that a large alligator was lying in the westbound lanes of US 90 about a half mile west of the Trinity River Bridge.
Corporal Frank Longoria was dispatched to the call to investigate.
In the short time that transpired between the call and the arrival of Corporal Longoria’s arrival at the scene a vehicle had run over the alligator and just kept going, not where to be found.
The alligator, though still alive and exhibiting small movements, had suffered severe injuries.
Corporal Longoria called for the assistance of a Game Warden to assist in the situation.
Only a short time later, without the benefit of an Official Inquest into the cause of death usually performed by one of our wonderful JP’s, the alligator was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained when it was run over by a vehicle.
This was an unusual circumstance for us here at i-dineout.com for the following reason. For more than a decade we have reported on the discovery, capture and relocation of several alligators of various sizes from time to time. This incident marks the first time we’ve ever reported on the discovery of a dead alligator.
The alligator was approximately ten and a half feet long.
Only a few days ago Officer Josh Cummins of the City of Liberty Police Department responded to the T-ball field in the Liberty City Park where a four-foot alligator was found. It was captured, transported to a place away from human populations and released in an appropriate habitat for its benefit and survival.
With the recent discovery of alligators in areas near public thoroughfares and humans we questioned why this is happening at this time. According to sources it is the time of year when alligators mate and are therefore very active, moving around frequently searched for companions.
One of the questions we wanted to answer for this report was approximately how old was an alligator of this size. All we could find to in some way answer this question was the following facts from, “Alligator Myths and Facts.” According to that source, “Alligators in the wild are believed to live 35 - 50 years. In captivity their lifespan may be significantly longer, perhaps 60-80 years. Currently, there are no scientific methods of analyzing an alligators age while it is alive.”
We as a society value alligators and have chosen to protect them. According to an encyclopedia article titled, American Alligator, “Historically, alligators were depleted from many parts of their range as a result of market hunting and loss of habitat, and 30 years ago many people believed their population would never recover. In 1967, the alligator was listed as an endangered species (under a law that preceded the Endangered Species Act of 1973), meaning it was considered in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.”
Given the fact that unlike all the alligators we’ve reported on in previous years that were all alive, we turned to young Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife Game Warden, Adam Boll, who has served the citizens of Liberty County for almost two years to tell us what would happen to this alligator in light of the fact that it was dead.
According to Game Warden Broll, “We have two nuisance alligator owners in the County we transport them to who process the alligator for food and sell the hides. The alligator will not go to waste.”
Alligators of this size weigh a lot. Our best estimate is that it’s possible for this alligator to weigh as much as 500 to 600 lbs. or more.
Ending this story it was Game Warden Broll, with the assistance of Billy with Liberty County Towing, who transported the alligator from where it was discovered in the westbound lanes of US 90.