DNR shoots alligator near Scandia; one still on loose [UPDATE]

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A small gator found in Bloomington last year was turned over to officials alive, but the DNR isn't taking any chances this time around.


:::: UPDATE :::: There's still an alligator on the loose in Scandia

Earlier this week, someone apparently let two alligators loose on Goose Lake near Scandia, Fox 9 reports.

NOT THE FIRST TIME: Small alligator found in Bloomington; fisherman says "there's a big one back there too" [PHOTO]

Why they did that isn't clear at this point, but the DNR isn't messing around. On Monday, they shot and killed one of the gators, and they're hunting for the other one.

The DNR heard about the "small gators" earlier this week. Officials subsequently "notified some residents in the area and have been actively searching for the gators," Fox reports.

Poor little guys!

:::: UPDATE ::::

From Fox's Tim Blotz::::: UPDATE II ::::

A man is apparently racing the DNR to locate the loose gator before officials do: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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21 comments
John Zellie
John Zellie

Margaret you really need a 308, there hide is so thick, a 12 gauge may not even do it. You are aware of how many children are killed by alligators each year?

John Zellie
John Zellie

Actually taste a lot like rattle snake, yuk. but make nice shoes,

Adron Lamb
Adron Lamb

And how small is small? They do not mention anything specific about size. If It's less than three feet long and just trying to eat some bait because it's hungry, let it enjoy what's left of summer after being some schmucks captive in a cage. Unless it gets into the sewer and eats radioactive waste and mates with a bobcat

Jordan Rose Steininger
Jordan Rose Steininger

they absolutely don't have to kill them, they could rescue and release them somewhere better for them to live. It's total bullshit that they do that.

Lance Hagen
Lance Hagen

Those complaining about killing it can take their experience next time and capture it. With a Group effort, it should be very possible. Just watch your fingers.

Eric Ltmr Mueller
Eric Ltmr Mueller

Congrats, you all just failed future residency in the State of Florida.

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

What should have been done with it? Maybe it will Eat the invasive carp in the St.Croix and the Mississippi.

Dave Brazelton
Dave Brazelton

Someone please explain how a gator could possibly survive in Scandia? Weird! Let alone discuss how someone would have to be suffering from severe mental retardation to keep one as a pet.

Susie Quarstad
Susie Quarstad

Why do they have to kill them?? It's not like they asked to be thrown out by some douche bag!! We all know there are more humane ways to capture an animal, especially an animal that hasn't hurt anyone. grrr.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

why does the overzealous DNR feel the need to kill everything they don't understand?

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

that's pretty sad..people are awful..too bad he didn't eat his captors

_Joe_
_Joe_

There's still time to get them onto a stick for the State Fair!

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Adron Lamb And learns martial arts from a five foot rat.

Teenage Mutant Ninja GatorBobcats!

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Jordan Steininger Are you volunteering?  Someone has to actually do it.  And then someone has to pay for it.

Cheaper and safer for all involved this way.

NewsDog
NewsDog

@Randall G Baxter  Non-native species, especially aggressive predatory ones, introduced into an ecosystem with no natural restraints can become an epidemic. Ever hear the story about rabbits being released in Australia?   

Although in this case the winter would probably kill them how many pets or people would you like to see attacked and/or eaten?

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