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Baby alligator found in Long Island swimming pool

Jul. 23, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

BAYPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Bayport, Long Island family found an 8-inch (20-centimeter) baby alligator swimming in their pool over the weekend. The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are trying to...

Louisiana governor's tweet: Please don't feed the alligators

Jul. 20, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say high water means people are seeing more alligators than usual, and feeding them is dangerous. State wildlife officials sent out a news release during the week, and Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted about the subject Friday. The governor wrote, "It feels like we...

Chicago's elusive gator settles into new home in Florida

Jul. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator that eluded capture for days in a Chicago lagoon is settling in its new home in Florida. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park said in a Facebook post Friday that it welcomed the reptile known as Chance the Snapper with a banner, pizza and Chicago's...

Rare albino alligator dies at South Carolina Aquarium

Jul. 19, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An extremely rare albino alligator that lived at the South Carolina Aquarium has died. The aquarium posted on its Facebook page that the 22-year-old alligator named Alabaster had passed away Friday morning. He had lived at the aquarium in Charleston since 2009. South Carolina...

Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May. An employee found the 2-foot-long (60-centimeter-long) creature near a garbage can at the Giant Eagle...

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...