Alligator found swimming in local lake, handed over to rescue organization


CAMBELLSPORT, Wis. (WFRV) – After an alligator was found swimming in Long Lake, it was captured and turned over to an animal rescue organization.

According to J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue, on July 1, an American alligator was found in Long Lake (Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties). He was captured by the Osceola Boat Patrol and turned over to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

MNR Conservation Wardens reportedly then contacted J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue (JRAAR) to take the animal. The alligator has been accepted by JRAAR.

“Legally we can take alligators up to 30 inches long, and this guy is a lot shorter than that. We are fortunate to be able to help this animal be legally reunited with its owner or sent to a sanctuary,” said JRAAR’s John Moyles.

The alligator is described as being between 18 and 24 inches long. Officials say the alligator will only be kept for a week and then eventually placed in an accredited sanctuary.

The owner(s) of the alligator are asked to contact the JRAAR.


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