Wildlife enforcement officer bitten by alligator

By The Associated Press

GREENVILLE — Wildlife displaced by spring floods will mean “a long summer of alligator relocation” in Mississippi says the Delta Counties enforcement supervisor for the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Lt. Dale Bell said Hugh Johnson of Greenville, a Washington County wildlife enforcement officer, was bitten on the hand Wednesday while trying to move a 3- to 4-foot-long alligator in Greenville.

“He received medical treatment at the hospital there in Greenville,” Bell told the Delta Democrat-Times on Thursday. “There were no serious injuries.”

He said people shouldn’t be alarmed if they come upon alligators and other wildlife displaced by recent floods.

“We’re telling residents don’t be surprised if they wake up one Sunday morning and see an alligator sitting next to them at church,” he said.