Troopers kill alligator at east-central Pa. reservoir

Posted: August 19, 2012

SUNBURY, Pa. - State troopers in east-central Pennsylvania shot and killed a 5- to 6-foot-long alligator Friday at a reservoir.

Police in Northumberland County say they were called to the Sunbury Reservoir in Upper Augusta Township on Friday morning after the alligator was sighted.

Troopers said the Fish and Boat Commission declined to send anyone and said the animal should be disposed of if it posed a possible threat. Police said they also had no luck finding local animal handlers. Troopers ended up shooting the alligator in the interests of public safety.

Troopers issued a reminder that exotic animals such as young alligators and boa constrictors can become a hazard to owners ill-equipped to handle them. They said "depositing such animals in publicly accessible areas then endangers the public."

- AP

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