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Alligator Bayou owners wrangling gators who escaped in the flood

Alligator Bayou owners are trying to gather up six of their escaped gators. (Source: Allen Henry/WSFA) Alligator Bayou owners are trying to gather up six of their escaped gators. (Source: Allen Henry/WSFA)
PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB/WSFA) -

Before the levee near Spanish Lake can be cut to release some of the tension of the flooded area, the alligators need to be rounded up.

Owners of Alligator Bayou are searching the area for six of the 30 alligators that escaped when the flood waters rose high enough for the large gators to swim out of their pen.

Some of the alligators are hanging out near the construction equipment, preventing the construction workers from getting to the equipment, much less doing their jobs.

If they can't capture all the alligators, officials may have to kill them in order to avoid a levee breach. 

Three alligators were caught Thursday, two on Friday, and one keeps swimming by as if taunting the business owners.

However, Frank Bonifay, an owner of the attraction, is not sure if the number of escapees is only six – he can’t get back to Alligator Bayou to check on the pen because of the flood waters.

The reptiles are not tagged, but that doesn’t bother Bonifay.

“You spend 20 years with something you know if it’s yours or not,” Bonifay said.

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