Residents of Johnston County, North Carolina are accustomed to finding wild animals on their property. But Donald Jones was taken aback recently when his wife came into the house to tell him there was an alligator in the driveway.
Jones said he had no desire to get closer to the unwanted visitor than necessary. And Donald Jones defined "necessary" as 10 - 15 feet away. But his neighbor Frank Howell saw the gator as a challenge.
Howell says he's an experienced outdoorsman who has "caught just about everything" but even he had to consider strategy before trying to capture his first alligator. Howell says he grabbed a homemade snare, some duct tape and set out on his mission.
The efforts paid off and the alligator, nicknamed "Oswald", is perhaps the most unusual creature to inhabit the local animal shelter. A state biologist will pick up Oswald and release him along the North Carolina coast.