BEAUMONT, Texas -- A reptile rescue facility owner and his crew captured a 13-foot, 8-inch alligator weighing almost 900 pounds on Wednesday - the largest caught alive in Texas history.
Gary Saurage, the co-owner of reptile rescue facility Gator County, received a call from Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge to help wrangle the massive gator, according to Dallas News.
The refuge says the gator had to be removed because it began to spend time at one of the refuge's lake-areas, sometimes becoming "too friendly" with the guests.
"We were aware of the problem but did not feel the need to do anything about it until it became a little too 'friendly,'" said Stuart Marcus, the refuge's manager. "We were receiving comments and video of alligators approaching the shoreline when people walked up to crab, fish, or take photos. While the animal had not aggressively attacked anyone yet, it was considered a little too close for comfort."
Gator County officials are holding a contest to pick a name for the alligator.