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Texas woman comes face-to-face with an angry 8-foot alligator

HUMBLE, Tex. – A woman got here house Monday after operating errands, however an 8-foot alligator separated her from the door.

“And all I seen was the mouth wide open and hissing,” stated Tammy Tanner after discovering the gator on her porch. “And he was on me, he was right there. So I tried to turn quickly to start running but his tail caught my knee and it knocked me down. And I thought, ‘well he’s going to be on me now.’”

Thankfully her boyfriend noticed her fall again and got here operating.

“When she got knocked down I couldn’t see what happened. I just know she come flying back out,” stated boyfriend, Jody White, initially pondering a burglar pushed her. “So I come running up here seen that [gator] and I had to drag her back out away from the doorway here, so it was out of the way. Then we just got back in the truck and waited.”

They referred to as the Harris County Constable Office which confirmed up with trapper Tim Deramus of Bayou City Gator Savers.

Deramus bought 5 requires gator elimination on Monday and caught two. Watch the video of Deramus struggling with the 8-footer within the Humble entrance yard above. FOX 26 Houston caught up with him and caught his second gator of the day.

Gator mating season

“It’s the beginning of the mating season. So the more the males are just running crazy looking for females,” stated Deramus who has been getting calls each day this spring. “And all the baby ones are scattering out of the water because the big alligators eat the smaller alligators, they are cannibalistic. And so the little alligators are… popping up on people’s lawns.”

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The alligator was an 8-footer.
Mark Herman, Harris County Constable

Come summer, once mating season is over, he usually gets 5 calls a week not a day.

Deramus lassoed the gator, jumped on its back, taped its jaws closed and ‘hog-tied’ the reptile. Texas Parks and Wildlife officers then relocated the creature to a pure habitat.

“I can imagine tomorrow I’m going to be so sore I can’t walk because I hit the cement hard trying to run and get away,” Tanner stated after getting back from the hospital with minor accidents. “But I’m still here.”

How doubtless are gator assaults?

“There’s only been one reported attack in the state of Texas,” stated Deramus saying that violent alligator assaults versus persons are uncommon. “It was around September 15th when the babies are hatching out of their nest and the kayaker ended up jumping out into the water. But he didn’t know the nest was on the bank where he jumped out to swim. So the mother, female alligator grabbed him.”

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It’s a busy season for trapper Tim Deramus, who has been receiving a number of calls a day about capturing these gators.
Mark Herman, Harris County Constable

Game wardens employed Deramus to take away the big alligators within the space. He caught 4 11-footers, six 9-10-footers and eventually the mama defending her 23 infants.

“The alligator, bit his hand and arm and pulled him underwater,” recalled Deramus of the 2020 incident. “He got away and he went swimming to the bank. And then the alligator actually grabbed him again on the shoulder and he was able to get away again. They ended up calling a LifeFlight to get the guy. I believe he’s okay.” 

Bayou City Gator Savers additionally traps nuisance coyotes, possums, snakes and wild hogs. He solely kills the unprotected hogs which he harvests like his mom, grandfather and great-grandfather taught him. He makes use of or provides away the meat within the winter then in the summertime takes the pork to feed a few of his rescues on the Gator Rescue Park.

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Deramus works with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Mark Herman, Harris County Constable

Gator wrangling coaching

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department taught Deramus to catch gators in a one-day seminar about eight years in the past.

“The first call I got was an eight-foot alligator and not the one or two-footer they trained me with, and I did it the way they trained to do it. They had us do it with a little catchpole and hold their head down,” stated Deramus. “And on the eight-foot, I put the loop of the catchpole on his head and he yanked it out of my hand and commenced to beat me up with my own stick.” 

Tanner and Deramus each suggest calling officers and professionals to take away a nuisance gator as an alternative of an novice attempting it themselves.

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