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Alligator captured near Dallas school

A 7-foot-long alligator has been captured in a field near a Dallas school.

A Dallas County sheriff's deputy was patrolling early Wednesday morning outside of a middle school when he spotted the alligator and called for help.

Game wardens used catch poles to hook the alligator around its neck and then tape its mouth shut.

Dallas County Game Warden Jamie Sanchez says "that's the hardest and most dangerous part of capturing an alligator." He says that after the alligator's month was taped shut, it was placed in the back of his truck and taken to a wilderness preserve.

Sanchez suspects the animal wandered away from the Trinity River. He says alligator sightings occur every now and then in Dallas.