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Police: Don't flush drugs; you might make a 'meth-gator'

Jul. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

LORETTO, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee have asked residents not to toss drugs down the toilet, saying it could create "meth-gators" and stoned waterfowl. Loretto Police Department issued the Facebook warning "on a more or less serious note" after arresting a man accused of trying to flush...

Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon

Jul. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida. The male gator, nicknamed 'Chance the Snapper,' was first spotted in the Humboldt Park lagoon about a...

Officials investigating report of alligator in Connecticut

Jul. 16, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials are investigating a report that an alligator was spotted near a lake in East Lyme. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it received a report that a resident living near Powers Lake spotted a foot-long alligator from a...

The Latest: Expert captures alligator at Chicago lagoon

Jul. 16, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on alligator captured in a lagoon in a Chicago public park (all times local): 10:50 a.m. An alligator that eluded Chicago authorities for a week has met with the media after an expert from Florida captured it using a fishing pole in a public lagoon. On Tuesday morning, about eight...

75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog

Jul. 13, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog. Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium earlier this week and grabbed the dog while they were out for an early morning...

Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon

Jul. 10, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Tuesday that investigators went to Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city's West Side and confirmed that the...

Body found in Florida lake, surrounded by alligators

Jul. 4, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A severely decomposed body has been found in a Florida lake, surrounded by alligators. St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Frenandez tells the Tampa Bay Times the body found Thursday morning on Lake Maggiore was so badly decomposed they couldn't determine race or gender....

Missouri scientists try to save alligator gar population

Jul. 4, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Missouri scientists are trying to save the state's dwindling population of alligator gar, one of the country's largest and most feared species of fish. For the past 12 years, the Missouri Department of Conservation has stocked the species in locations near the Mississippi River...

Owner of escaped alligator facing neglect, cruelty counts

Jul. 3, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The owner of an alligator that escaped from a Pittsburgh home last month is facing charges stemming from the discovery of numerous animals at the residence. Police filed 33 counts of neglect against Mark McGowan on Tuesday, along with single counts of animal cruelty and recklessly...

Alligator snapping turtle 'head start': 14 released to wild

Jun. 28, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, La. (AP) — Some 14 alligator snapping turtles reared at a fish hatchery are now swimming about in the wild in Louisiana. Wednesday's release at Boeuf (BUFF) Wildlife Management Area in Caldwell Parish was part of a head start program to replenish the species, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife...