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Alligator found living in pond in Mount Vernon park

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A nearly two-foot-long alligator living in the pond of a Mount Vernon park has been captured and sent to a reptile rehabilitation preserve in Massachusetts.

The Journal News reports Saturday (http://lohud.us/13u0wLr ) the unnamed reptile was captured by police and officers form the state's Environmental Conservation Police Friday.

Police say the 22-inch amphibian was seen roaming around Wilson's Woods Park last week. They say police searched for an hour Friday for the alligator after someone snapped a photo of the creature.

Police say there have been no reports of dangerous run-ins with the alligator.

It is unknown for how long the alligator called Wilson's Woods Park home. Police say the creature may have been dumped there by a previous owner after becoming too big to be a pet.

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