WATCH: Deputy wrangles gator with broom, returns it to pond

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Using a broom, a Florida deputy wrangled an alligator and released it back into a pond on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office said Deputy Wheaton, Deputy Noland and Deputy Morrey were called to deal with a 4-foot alligator that had wandered away from a pond, and was found sleeping under a car in a Tampa neighborhood.

Wheaton, who is no stranger to alligators, having just relocated a 10-foot one in April, took charge, and used the broom to guide the reptile in the right direction. The gator latched onto the broom and went for a joyride back to the pond.

Deputies are using the encounter to remind residents it’s still alligator mating season.

They advised residents to keep a safe distance, keep their pets on a leash, and swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight.

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