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Investigators want to know who left gator in Lake Michigan

Oct. 9, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities don't know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator....

Police in New Jersey search for alligator on the loose

Sep. 19, 2018 5:25 AM EDT

MULLICA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey are warning residents about an alligator that's on the loose. Authorities say the 3- to 4-foot gator was spotted along Hamburg Avenue in Mullica Township on Tuesday afternoon. Police say residents should be careful letting small pets outside. Animal...

Florida gov hopeful in Everglades airboat, talks environment

Sep. 12, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

THE EVERGLADES, Fla. (AP) — Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis toured a section of the Everglades by airboat with a famed alligator wrestler Wednesday, seeking to broaden his voter appeal while vowing to combat the state's top environmental woes. Former state wildlife commissioner,...

Couple that lost toddler in alligator attack have new baby

Sep. 12, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Nebraska couple whose little boy was killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney World hotel have welcomed a new child to their family. Matt and Melissa Graves on Wednesday announced the birth of Christian Lane Graves. In 2016, an alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves as he was...

Alligator kills woman trying to protect her dog at resort

Aug. 21, 2018 8:35 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A woman who often walked her dog near a golf course lagoon across the street from her vacation home was killed Monday by an alligator that dragged her into the greenish water at a private resort on the South Carolina coast. Authorities said 45-year-old Cassandra Cline was...

Man captures giant alligator on Florida's Lake Okeechobee

Aug. 21, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — An airline pilot and two friends captured an alligator nearly 12-feet (3.6-meters) long on Florida's Lake Okeechobee. Jim Howard of Cooper City tells WPLG he spotted the gator just before sunset on Aug. 16. He lured the gator with bait and used a multi-pronged grappling hook to...

Alligator kills woman trying to protect her dog at resort

Aug. 20, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A woman who often walked her dog near a golf course lagoon across the street from her vacation home was killed Monday by an alligator that dragged her into the greenish water at a private resort on the South Carolina coast. Authorities said 45-year-old Cassandra Cline was...

The Latest: Woman often walked dog near site of gator attack

Aug. 20, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal alligator attack in South Carolina. (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A man staying in a house near the site of a fatal alligator attack in South Carolina says the victim walked her dog on the street daily, and typically carried a bag of treats for her pet....