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Dogwalker discovers stray alligator roaming rural Idaho


It’s not uncommon for wildlife officials in Idaho to be called for help when a moose, mountain lion, black bear, or other wildlife wanders into one of the rural communities in Idaho. State.

BOISE, Idaho — It’s not uncommon for wildlife officials in Idaho to be called for help when a moose, mountain lion, black bear, or other wildlife wanders into one of the rural communities in Idaho. State.

But Idaho Fish and Game officials are asking the public for help with a particularly unusual find – a 3.5-foot (1 meter) alligator that was discovered hiding in brush in a rural neighborhood about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Boise.

Southwest region spokesman Brian Pearson told the Idaho Statesman that a New Plymouth resident was walking his dog Thursday night when he noticed something moving in the brush. Further investigation revealed the alligator – a creature commonly found in coastal wetlands in the southeastern United States, but certainly not native to Idaho.

Pearson said the resident put the alligator in a nearby horse trailer until the Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer could retrieve it Friday morning. The department has the animal in captivity at this time, but Pearson said it will be euthanized or turned over to an approved facility unless the owner is located.

Idaho Fish and Game officials hope members of the public will call the department if they have any information about the alligator’s origins.

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