The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 17, 2012

Police kill alligator found in the Sunbury Municipal Reservoir

SUNBURY — An alligator — 5- to 6-feet long — was living in the Sunbury city reservoir in Upper Augusta Township.

State police at Stonington were called at 11:30 a.m. today to deal with this situation after someone saw the animal swimming around in the water. Unfortunately, they had a difficult time getting any help. The state Fish and Boat Commission was contacted, but advised they would not be responding. Police then called some local animal handlers, but no one was available.

“Due to public safety, as well as a lack of handling or housing equipment, the animal was put down,” state police said in a news statement today.

Police had a few other things to say to those who might be thinking about buying small alligators, boa constrictors or other exotic pets.

“Exotic animals, in adulthood, become a danger and hazard to ill equipped owners,” a police spoksman said. “Depositing such animals in publicly accessible areas then endangers the public.”


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