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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...

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...

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...

South Carolina man found in pond wasn't killed by alligator

Jun. 26, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man found dead in a pond with alligator bites did not die in a gator attack. News outlets are reporting that an autopsy completed Tuesday on 79-year-old John Elias shows he died of natural causes on Saturday before being bitten by the...

Exotic animals removed from home where alligator escaped

Jun. 12, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week. Among the 32 animals removed Tuesday were three more alligators, including one with a neck injury; three snakes,...

Deputies: Alligator bit off piece of patrol car in Louisiana

Jun. 12, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Louisiana say an alligator took a bite out of one of their patrol cars. WBRZ-TV reports deputies were called Monday to Louisiana Highway 1 in Caddo Parish after someone spotted the gator in the middle of the road. The sheriff's office says deputies were...

Guacamole-loving gator crashes couple's date by Florida lake

Jun. 3, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A hungry alligator crashed a picnic date by a Florida lake and gobbled down an entire bowl of guacamole. Taylor Forte had planned a picnic Thursday for her fiancé Trevor Walters at Lake Alice, before Walters was to leave for the Marines. Walters told WGFL they were shocked and...