September 4, 2009

Alligator caught in New Jersey

Authorities in New Jersey say an alligator that evaded capture for weeks in Trenton has been snared by wildlife experts.

Darlene Yuhas, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said biologist Linda DiPiano and wildlife technician Kim Tinnes caught the elusive 25-pound gator in a trap baited with chicken legs and livers at a Stacy Park pond, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday.

Yuhas said traps baited with only chicken wings failed to capture the alligator after it was first spotted a couple weeks ago and further attempts began when the reptile was spotted again Sunday.

The spokeswoman said the animal, which authorities believe was an illegal pet that was set free when it became too large, is being offered to zoos in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. She said no humans or pets were harmed by the alligator before its capture.