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6-foot gator 1 of 2 picked up in Bossier Parish in one day

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Marlene Rome says was greeted by this gator,estimated to be about 6' in length, when she arrived at her Lakewood home Monday afternoon Marlene Rome says was greeted by this gator,estimated to be about 6' in length, when she arrived at her Lakewood home Monday afternoon
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

A six-foot alligator found hanging out in a Bossier Parish driveway has been safely rounded up, but it turns out that's not the only one to have turned up in the parish on Monday.

Marlene Rome says was greeted by the 6' gator when she arrived at her Lakewood home Monday afternoon. Rome is originally from Dondaldsonville, which is just south of Gonzales in south Louisiana, where an encounter like this is not quite so uncommon. But she says it's the last thing she expected to see in this north Bossier subdivision.

She called Bossier sheriff's deputies, who stood by and kept an eye on the reptile until a wrangler could arrive and round it up.

It turns out that the wrangler has had a busy day with gators in Bossier Parish. He arrived at Rome's home fresh from rounding up an 11' alligator from a cow pasture in Elm Grove, estimated to weigh about 500 lbs. It was still in the back of his truck when he loaded up the smaller 6' foot one picked up in Rome's driveway in the 300 block of Crosscreek Drive.

Asked whether there is any reason why alligators might be venturing more into developed areas, he says there's no telling for sure. Last year, he says they didn't have any calls like these.

The 11' alligator had to be destroyed due to it's size and state regulations. It has not yet been determined what will happen to the 6' footer picked up at Marlene Rome's house. The wrangler says that, too, will be determined by state regulations.  

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