The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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When you have a gator by the tail...
Two guys enjoying a private laugh!
Caught this lost and wandering little fellow just moments before a big ol' red shouldered hawk was going to make him dinner!
I was bicycling through the local industrial park, doing a little scouting, when I spotted this young alligator heading towards the main drag. University Blvd is heavily trafficked, is eight lanes wide, with high, wide, landscaped dividing medians between the two sides. He would have been a definite alligator pancake roadkill if I hadn't happened upon him or if that hawk had gotten to him first! A quick hop, skip, and jump, and I had him pinned down. The closest lake from where he was wandering, is about 700 - 800 yards away. That was a long walk on his short little legs. So we hopped on my bike and pedaled over to the lake.
Lettin' go is hard to do...
Once we got there though, the leathery little ingrate started doing that baby gator chirp that they do. I was all eyes and ears as I approached the lake. I certainly didn't want to end up being some mama gator's evening repast!
The release was fortunately, uneventful, and with a splash, the little fellow swam away, muttering deprecations under his decidedly fishy breath!
Albert A Rasch™
Member: Kandahar Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...