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Savannah man catches alligator in Bowles Ford Park


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Caught on video, a man fights an alligator with his bare hands on the west side of Savannah.

“He said ‘sssss,” said Marquell T. White, mimicking the sounds of the alligator.

That’s when Marquell T. White dragged a 7-foot-long alligator by its tail in Bowles Ford Park.

“My first reaction was what I’m doing here,” White said.

White said he was hiding behind the swing and didn’t want anyone caught off guard and attacked.

He could have hesitated, but nothing prevented him from catching it with his bare hands.

“It was a healthy fear, I respected the power I knew from the alligator.”

The tracks of the alligator dragged across the playground are still there and Trapper Jack, a Georgia State licensed catcher, saw the evidence the next day.

“We could tell something had been fighting with the alligator in that fenced off area,” Trapper Jack said.

Trapper Jack has had a few calls over the past week of alligator sightings and agrees White was lucky the alligator didn’t attack him.

He said, “It’s very, very dangerous for them and anyone watching.”

White said people might joke that he caught it, but there’s a bigger issue that needs the City of Savannah’s attention.

“It wasn’t just the fact that the alligator was there. Alligators come and go…you couldn’t see the alligator because of the grass and foliage.

Alderman Alicia Miller-Blakely agrees and said she’s been lobbying for the city to maintain the park for years.

“This park should have been developed in the 80s,” she said. “Someone dropped the ball.”

Since alligators are no strangers to this park, Alderman Miller-Blakely and Trapper Jack want people to think before they approach or take matters into their own hands.

“No one else can do it legally. When anyone plays with an alligator anywhere, they’re breaking the law.

Below is a statement from the City of Savannah:

“The city’s Parks and Trees Department contacted Trapper Jack, a wildlife trapper, who was able to catch the alligator. A crew started mowing the park yesterday, and it should be finished today. There have been service delays in part due to the recent heavy rain.

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