Friday, September 3, 2010

Gator Forces Detour for New Jersey Walker

A woman on an afternoon stroll called authorities after spotting an alligator by a drainpipe near a middle school. While no students were in the school (which opens next week, following Labor Day), officials had to corral the creature and remove it.

It took area firefighters to flush it out of the drainpipe after local wildlife authorities unsuccessfully tried to lure it out with a hot dog. A state Fish and Wildlife official was called-in and removed the alligator from the Wayne County school. Authorities believe it may have been an exotic pet which outgrew its "welcome."

The alligator is believed to be American. Experts are trying to find it a new home.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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