Posted: Friday, May 25th 2012 at 6:42am
Gator sightings reported in northeast Georgia pond
By The Associated Press
STATHAM - Police and residents in Statham say an alligator has been living in a local pond, making for an unusual situation so far north of where the reptiles typically roam.
Police officer Allan Johnston says that he saw the gator in the pond on Saturday.
He and resident Jim Verschraegen say the gator appears to be around 6 feet long.
Alligators have been found in the Chattahoochee River in metro Atlanta and in Lake Lanier, but sightings so far north are rare.
Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources say they suspect that someone kept the alligator as a pet and then dumped it in the pond.
Statham is about 12 miles west of Athens.
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