Young alligator startles Gloucester

Posted: August 28, 2011

A two-foot alligator was found - and captured - in Gloucester Township as residents cleaned up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene this afternoon.

A resident of the Lakeview Apartments spotted the reptile underneath a bridge behind one of the complex's buildings by nearby lake.

By the time police arrived, the resident caught the alligator and taped its mouth shut to keep it from biting anyone.

The Department of Environmental Protection was notified, police said.

Animal Control officers have taken the alligator into custody. They believe it was a pet who either escaped or was let go, and will make arrangements to have the alligator relocated.

"The area was searched for additional alligators, with negative results," said Gloucester Township Police Lt. Jason Gittens.


Contact staff writer Kristen Graham at 215-854-5146 or kgraham@phillynews.com.

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