Not the Swamp: Two-Foot Alligator Takes Stroll Down Michigan Street

by Chris Haney

On Sunday, residents in a Michigan town were shocked to come across a two-foot alligator wandering around their streets at night.

The juvenile gator was obviously out of place on the concrete streets instead of the marshlands of Florida. But nonetheless, that’s what multiple locals came across over the weekend in Riverview, Michigan. The small town of less than 15,000 citizens sits just six miles south of Detroit along the Detroit River.

Locals notified police in the area about the two-foot-long alligator, and authorities eventually captured the young reptile. Police used a net to wrangle the gator in around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday near Marsha and Hale streets. According to a Detroit Free Press article, police safely placed the animal with a local reptile expert.

According to the News-Herald, police stated that it is unlawful to own an alligator in Riverview. They added it violates an ordinance that outlaws the ownership of wild animals, wildfowl, farm animals, and aggressive domestic animals. Therefore police are now investigating where the alligator came from and who it belonged to.

Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time in recent history that Michigan residents have found alligators in their home state. In September, authorities removed a three-foot alligator from a Tuscola County pond. In addition, a city worker found another three-footer in a sewage pond in August. The worker used a fishing pole and lure to get the gator out of the pond in Stanton, Michigan.

Alligator Attacks Florida Woman Who Suffers Severe Arm Injuries

Michigan residents dealt with some strange sights in recent months when spotting alligators. But at least no one suffered injuries. Meanwhile, one Florida resident isn’t as lucky after her alligator encounter. A full-grown gator attacked a woman on Monday in St. Petersburg.

According to an Associated Press report, the woman is in her 50s and believed to be homeless. Supposedly she was resting on a St. Petersburg canal wall. Unfortunately, she fell in, and the huge alligator immediately attacked. The animal bit her multiple times, which left the woman with serious injuries to both her arms.

Subsequently, a passerby heard the woman’s pleas for help and immediately dialed 911. Paramedics arrived at the scene and quickly took her to a local hospital to treat severe puncture wounds. The Associated Press report noted that the woman is in stable condition.

As of Tuesday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are on the hunt for the aggressive alligator. In most cases, officials will relocate aggressive gators or euthanize them. The agency assigned a professional trapper from their Nuisance Alligator Program to search for the animal.

The agency also reported that any alligator four-feet-long or over that interacts with humans can be considered an official “nuisance.” The gators are considered a nuisance as well if they threaten property.