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7-foot alligator captured in Fuquay-Varina pond relocated to southeastern NC

It was an unusual sight when wildlife officers pulled an alligator from a Wake County pond earlier this week, but a neighbor said the capture was arranged ahead of time.

Cassie Fish, who lives beside the pond on Hilltop Road east of U.S. Highway 401, said her family called the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and requested they capture the gator for its own safety.

Greg Batts, a wildlife biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, told WRAL News the alligator, a 7.5 foot long female, took officers two weeks to capture. It was finally captured Monday morning with a Murphy trap, which uses bait and a bungee cord-style netting to attract and restrain alligators.

Full WRAL coverage and more pictures here.