Houston County authorities facing off with alligator on Hwy. 247

David Domingue (WGXA)

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Houston County deputies and the Houston County Fire Department are working to move an alligator that's currently next to Highway 247.

The alligator is situated between Green St. and North Davis Dr. and the lane heading towards Warner Robins is blocked.

James Dowling with Houston County, Georgia Snake Removal and Relocation said the alligator had been in the middle of the road and slowly moved to the ditch on the side of the road.

"The gator was sitting over there in the median. He came from the base area and was trying to make his way back toward the neighborhoods by the train tracks. We tried to get him to turn around but he didn't like that area and wanted to go by the train tracks for some reason," said Dowling.

Dowling said they aren't permitted to remove the animal and are waiting on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to arrive and help out. He added the alligator looks to be about six feet long.

"I wouldn't want to go over there and grab him bare-hand. I tried to do that a little myself but I feel better grabbing snakes than I would that gator over there," Dowling said.

The Houston County Fire Department posted more pictures of the alligator to their Facebook page, below:

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