SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A game warden shot a nine-foot alligator on the outskirts of San Antonio because the reptile appeared to have lost its fear of humans.
Several calls alerted police to an alligator in an area near a lake and an apartment complex just south of Loop 410 early Thursday.
Danny Shaw, a game warden captain with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, says the warden decided to shoot the gator because it posed a danger to humans.
He says most alligators avoid people, but this one was approaching an apartment complex.
Lynn Cuny, director of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Kendalia, says killing the animal was, in her words, the "worst-case scenario."
She says non-lethal options should have been considered. She says the animal would probably have gone back to its own habitat if allowed to.