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Small alligator found a long way from home in Massachusetts

Dec. 08, 2021 16:40 PM EST

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A long way from its home, a small alligator was rescued by a Massachusetts fisherman Tuesday after it was spotted in the Westfield River for months. Jeremy White, a worker for the state's department of conservation and recreation, said he saw a video...

Ancient juniper trees illegally cut in New Mexico monument

Nov. 30, 2021 13:44 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen ancient alligator juniper trees have been illegally cut down at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico and authorities with the National Park Service are trying to find out who's responsible. Known for their unique...

From pigs to gators, Florida deputy rescues critters

Nov. 14, 2021 04:13 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Could the Lee County Sheriff’s Office have its very own Deputy Doolittle? On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office’s unofficial animal whisperer, Sergeant Dave Drum, once again came to the rescue of one of Southwest Florida’s animal residents. ...

Feds propose threatened status for alligator snapping turtle

Nov. 08, 2021 17:38 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it is proposing threatened status for alligator snapping turtles -- huge, spike-shelled reptiles that lurk at the bottom of lakes and slow waterways, luring prey to their mouths by sticking out a wormlike lure. ...

Alligator crawls out of drain at Alabama apartment complex

Oct. 26, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama apartment complex was paid a visit by an unusual guest as children were coming home from school Monday afternoon: an alligator that crawled out of a storm drain. Kenisha Miller and her boyfriend, Anthony Patterson, told WKRG-TV that they...

Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers' return quota may drop

Oct. 17, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. “Over the past 50 years, alligator nest surveys have increased...

Angler catches first alligator gar recorded in Kansas

Oct. 12, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — Kansas fisheries officials are working to determine how a 39.5 pound alligator gar ended up in a state river. The fisheries division of the Kansas Wildlife & Parks announced Tuesday that an angler pulled the gar last week from the Neosho River...

Coastal Alabama city warning residents about alligators

Oct. 11, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

DAPHNE, Ala. (AP) — A coastal Alabama city is warning residents to be careful of alligators, which have been showing up in populated areas following recent heavy rains. Baby alligators have been reported in parking lots on the causeway that crosses Mobile Bay and along...

Police: 2-foot-long alligator caught on Detroit-area street

Oct. 05, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

RIVERVIEW, Mich. (AP) — Southeastern Michigan’s Riverview never will be confused with the Florida Everglades, but it sure looked like home to a baby alligator found roaming through one of its neighborhoods. Police responded Sunday night to a report of the reptile and...

Florida: Gator attacks, hurts woman after she falls in canal

Oct. 04, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — An alligator attacked and injured a homeless woman after she fell into a Florida canal on Monday, authorities said. The woman was resting on a sea wall when she fell into the canal, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue said in a news release. Someone...