Mayor warns of alligator on the loose in upstate New York

By Ben Hooper
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July 24 (UPI) -- The mayor of an upstate New York village said officials believe reports of an escaped alligator wandering the area to be true.

Whitney Point Mayor Ryan Reynolds said in a Facebook post that reports of alligator sightings in the village started coming in Saturday night and Sunday morning.


"The Department of Environmental Conservation has been contacted and believes the reports to be true," Reynolds wrote. "They believe that it was once someone's pet and was let go in the area sometime in the last month."

The mayor said DEC officers have been dispatched to the area in an attempt to track and capture the reptile.

New York state does not allow for the keeping of alligators as pets. The owner of the gator could face a fine if identified by authorities.

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