Residents look for way to steer alligator from neighborhood - CBS46 News

Residents look for way to steer alligator from neighborhood

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

Residents in a Lawrenceville community have watched for two years as an alligator has grown increasingly bigger, living by a neighborhood pond. With the reptile now at 3 1/2 feet, the homeowners association has called in an expert to safely remove it.

"For me it's more of an oddity than a worry," said resident Don Houchin. "I think most people are making a mountain out of a molehill. If it was more aggressive or bothering people, than I think that would be a bigger problem."

Houchin said some people have fed the animal, causing it to become more comfortable around humans. The reptile expert who has been called in said that can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Jason Clark of Southeastern Reptile Rescue in Griffin said they'll have an easier time catching the alligator if it's more likely to be out of the water.

However, he added that alligators typically only pose a threat to humans when they're fed by people, which has happened with some regularity in the neighborhood where the animal has been spotted.

Clark said he expects to lure the alligator with a recording of baby alligators sometime early next week. Clark said the reptile will have to be kept in captivity.

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