KENNER, La. — A woman backing out of her Kenner driveway found a six-foot alligator had been sitting under her car Sunday.
"I’m looking at it and I can see it’s an alligator but my brains not registering it’s an alligator," Karen Balamne was thinking as she backed up and saw the alligator sitting in her driveway.
Possibly just escaping the heat, the gator wasn’t in any hurry to leave the premises despite the car backing out. That’s when Balamane called 911.
Kenner Police showed up at the scene, who called professional trapper Ray Carmadelle with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to haul the gator away by doing his best Crocodile Hunter imitation.
The gator, though, had other ideas.
He didn’t go easily, rolling several times and snapping his jaws after being lassoed. The trapper eventually uses his own shirt to help subdue the gator before tossing him into the back of a pickup truck.
“He took his shirt off and said when you take the shirt off and cover the alligator it calms him down and it did," Balamane said.
Balamane’s Facebook page says the gator would be released into Bayou Segnette.
Right outside Woodlake Estates, there’s several canals where you may see an alligator from time to time, but it’s believed this alligator came from Lake Pontchartrain.
The opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway has brought more fresh water to the lake and can even flush out alligators that normally would stay in swampier water.
If you see an alligator on banks or near the water, as long as they’re not bothering anyone, experts recommend leaving them alone. If they are in a neighborhood like in this case, you can call Wildlife and Fisheries who will send someone like Carmadelle to catch them.