Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Alligator Sightings....in Massachusetts!

patriotledger - A report that an alligator was spotted in D.W. Field Park on Saturday brought state environmental agents to the park off Oak Street over the weekend.

Environmental police came to the park on Saturday and Sunday looking for the alligator, but did not find one, said Catherine Williams, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

“We haven’t confirmed the sighting,” Williams said Sunday.

The two-day response came after environmental police received a report of the alligator in the park at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, she said. Williams did not have an exact location of the reported sighting.

“We’re continuing to look at it and investigate it,” she said.

“Anytime that humans come into contact with wildlife it’s important to keep your distance,” she said.

In July 2005, environmental officials pulled a 20-pound, 41/2-foot alligator from Waldo Pond at D.W. Field Park after a city resident spotted the animal from the shoreline. A second, smaller, alligator was spotted at the pond but never found. It was last seen on Aug. 9, 2005.

Alligator sightings have been reported across the region, including in Abington and Middleboro.

In September 2005, a 52-inch alligator was pulled from the water of Stump Pond in Middleboro.

Officials have said the alligators in 2005 were likely abandoned in the water.

It is illegal to buy or own alligators without a permit in Massachusetts, but the reptiles are sold in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

“These animals can get to over 400 pounds and they’re not legal to have here,” Williams said. “It’s a concern for us.”

Alligator Sightings....in Massachusetts!


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