A Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy was on a routine patrol during the early hours of Wednesday morning when he spotted an out of place log close to the Steam Middle School in South Dallas. However, when he noticed that the log had a tail and teeth he immediately called for help. It took several deputies and animal services officers along with county and state game wardens to safely capture the 7 foot alligator. Steam Middle School is located close to Danieldale Road and Polk Street near Interstate 20.
The winters in Dallas are considered to be borderline for alligator survival. Long stretches of cold weather lower the ability of gators to become established in the area. Still, sizable gators are found in Dallas neighborhoods from time to time. In July 2015, a 10 foot gator was found by Dallas County wardens in the Trinity River. A blind 10 foot gator was removed from the river close to downtown Fort Worth also in July 2015. Many people walk, bike and jog along the Trinity River so it is wise to know what to do if you encounter an alligator. For example, if you hear the animal hiss, you are too close. You should back slowly away. For more information on alligator encounters, click here.