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(FloridaToday.com) - A wandering 5-foot alligator snarled Wickham Road traffic Sunday afternoon near the entrances to Viera SuperTarget and Walmart Supercenter.

Someone called 911 and reported the roving reptile just before 5:15 p.m., Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Fernez said.

Two deputies responded and tried to corral the gator using a ladder — but the animal aggressively thwarted their efforts, Fernez said. The predator triggered periodic lane closures on eastbound and westbound Wickham Road.

A licensed wildlife trapper lassoed and tied up the gator about 6:30 p.m. near the Murphy USA gas station.

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