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Albion College Searching for Alligator in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River

Albion College Searching for Alligator in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River

“The college is working with a local Department of Natural Resources officer”

I know it’s summer, but isn’t Michigan a little cool for an alligator? How is this thing going to survive?

MLive reports:

Alligator hunt continues in Kalamazoo River near Michigan college

The search for an alligator in the Kalamazoo River continues, though Albion College’s nature center, which first reported the sighting of the reptile is ready to reopen with posted warnings.

Officials have yet to confirm a location of the alligator, Albion College Spokeswoman Cathy Cole said. The college’s Whitehouse Nature Center reported two independent “credible sightings” of what appeared to be a 4-foot or 5-foot alligator in the same general area where the river runs through the nature center.

The college is working with a local Department of Natural Resources officer, Cole said, as well the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan to find the alligator. A spokesman for the statewide DNR office had no update on the search.

The college’s public safety division is also assisting in the search efforts. There is no state law governing the animal control of alligators, though state law does indicate that a law enforcement officer must assume the role of an “animal control officer” with large carnivores.

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Spoke to an animal control person here in Philly who came to get a raccoon; he said the wildest thing he ever had to deal with was a 5 ft alligator in Cobbs Creek in West Philadelphia.

Someone flushed a pet down the toilet again!
(Anyone else old enough to remember those stories?)

So is this a staff project, or are students involved? Because one would think that an alligator would “literally negatively affect the safety of our student community, BIPOCs hardest hit.” Rather than actively hunt the alligator, I would expect them to write a sternly worded manifesto to the administration, demanding that the alligator be cancelled.

NorthernNewYorker | July 13, 2022 at 2:11 pm

One of Whitmer’s pets?

The Gentle Grizzly | July 13, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Is “alligator” a code or slang word like cougar or MILF?

Michigan’s winter provides free animal control — of tropical pests.