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Stray alligator captured Sunday by FCSO officers
Oct 9, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
A resident in the Gardens North subdivision in Riverton got a scare Sunday when she happened upon a baby alligator in her daughter's yard.
The woman called authorities at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday to report the reptile, which she said was hissing at her. According to reports, Fremont County Sheriff's deputies were "unsure of what to do with the alligator," but the 2-foot-long animal eventually was placed in a plastic container so it could be moved safely.
Deputies attempted to locate the alligator's owner, but Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said they were unsuccessful. They also could not find a suitable placement option for the animal, which eventually had to be put down.
"It would have died out in the wild anyway, (and) we don't have the facilities or the means to take care of a reptile like that," Lee said Tuesday.
He guessed that the alligator had gotten away from its owner, who deputies tried to find Sunday evening. Lee said it is not illegal to own an alligator, but he said deputies are "forced to deal with" animals that are not properly cared for.
"It must have gotten away from (its owner), or they just let it out," Lee said. "Imagine if it got hold of a little kid or something."