BOYNTON BEACH — As Steve Irwin was to crocodiles, Boynton Beach Police Officer Alfredo Vargas is to alligators!
Vargas can be seen going above and beyond in a recent video on the Boynton Beach Police Department’s Facebook page when he took matters into his own hands after an alligator made its way onto the porch of a shocked resident.
A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had been dispatched to deal with roving reptile, and Vargas learned that the alligator might well be killed in the encounter.
So what did he do? He wrestled the alligator, of course!
As luck would have it, Vargas had received training down the coast in Hollywood to handle alligators and release them into the wild when needed. This encounter put Officer Vargas’s training to the test.
Vargas began by fashioning a lasso, which he attempted to loop around the volatile gator’s neck. Despite resistance from the creature, the officer succeeded on the third try, drawing the loop tight.
As a next step, Vargas put his jacket over the alligator’s head in an attempt to calm it, a tactic which was successful enough to allow him to then hold the gator’s powerful jaws shut with his own hands while a fellow officer tied the mouth closed with a strap.
It was a seamless and skillful execution at pacifying the agitated animal which has been a hit on the Department’s Facebook page—and around their office!
“Officer Vargas doesn’t know it yet, but we’ve just made him the department’s official alligator wrestler (kidding but not really),” the page read.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Vargas that he was free to release the alligator at any place of his choosing, so he transported the animal in the back of his patrol car and turned it loose in a canal nearby.
If the Boynton Beach Police Department can do all that with an alligator, any human lawbreakers would be well-advised to watch their step!