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Fire chief: 'Elusive' alligator caught in rural Maryland

Oct. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

ADAMSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A fire chief in rural Maryland says an "elusive" 3-foot-long alligator has finally been caught. WJLA-TV reports the alligator was caught Saturday in a retention pond on a private property in Adamstown after animal control officers and others spent hours Thursday and Friday trying to...

Gatorland's rare white alligators move into new home

Oct. 13, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gatorland has built new homes for some of its most distinctive-looking residents, thus creating an exhibit for a rare albino gator and two even-more-rare leucistic gators. The White Gator Swamp will be the site of a baby gator boom, officials hope. Those very light-skinned residents...

Florida man accused of forcing small alligator to drink beer

Oct. 10, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a Florida man who provoked a small alligator into biting his arm and poured beer into the animal's mouth. News outlets report 27-year-old Timothy Kepke and 22-year-old Noah Osborne were charged last week with unlawfully taking an alligator. Florida...

Headless gator found on shoulder of Florida road

Oct. 2, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife investigators want to know what happened to an alligator found without its head on the side of a roadway. The gator was spotted Monday by Kimberly Kukich, who was driving to her parents' home in Sarasota. As she got closer to the large gator, she saw its head was...

Couples bond over hunting giant alligators

Sep. 28, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Some couples like wine and roses. Others prefer dinner and a movie. But in southwest Mississippi, some couples bond by hunting giant alligators in the swamp at night. During the recent alligator season, Jeff and Michelle Barnes of Walthall County brought in an 11-foot, 3-inch behemoth...

Alligator rescued from Michigan school pond residing at zoo

Sep. 24, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — An alligator rescued from a southeastern Michigan school pond is doing well in its new digs at a zoo. Staff from the Indian Creek Zoo in Lambertville on Friday captured the American alligator — originally believed to be a caiman — from a pond on the Bedford junior...

Caiman takes up residence in Michigan school biology pond

Sep. 19, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan school district is warning students and others to stay away from a biology pond after a caiman was spotted swimming in it. Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Carl Shultz sent an email to parents and staff Thursday telling them to avoid the pond on the...

Hunters bagged 918 alligators on Mississippi public waters

Sep. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

Great weather, high water and increasing expertise made for a good alligator season in Mississippi's public waters, says state alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt. Hunters took 918 alligators from Mississippi's public waters this year, up 153 from last year's harvest, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife,...

Alligator Lighthouse swim won by St. Pete Beach man

Sep. 14, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla (AP) — A Florida swimmer has posted the fastest time among 460 participants during an open-water swimming competition in the Florida Keys. Thirty-year-old Michael Schultz of St. Pete Beach, finished Saturday's four-mile Swim for Alligator Lighthouse in one hour, 28 minutes and 48 seconds....

South Carolina duo's job provides a walk on the wild side

Sep. 9, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Wildlife isn't reserved for Animal Planet — the workers at Reliance Wildlife Control and Extraction see wildlife locally on a daily basis. "We actually had a call one time that said they had an alligator in their closet," owner of Reliance Wildlife Control and Extraction John...