Alligator in Pennsylvania Not Likely to Survive

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An alligator that turned up in Pennsylvania's Beaver Run Reservoir most likely will not survive through the winter. It is believed the alligator was a pet that someone decided they were not equipped to take care of, and it ended up in the reservoir. It is believed to be maybe 1 to 2 years old and about 5 feet long, but estimates could be off.

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County owns the land around the reservoir. They are not allowing anyone in to try and remove the alligator. They think it is an unnecessary risk, and don't want anyone hurt attempting to remove the alligator. "The authority at this time has no interest in attempting to save the alligator," authority Manager Chris Kerr said Tuesday.

A woman from Lower Burrell, Kendra Fouse, will not accept this end for the alligator. "If it can be saved, why not save it?" she said. "I'm totally against cruelty to animals. If you're going to let it die, that's cruelty." She has set up a permanent home for the alligator at Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge and Rescue in Homestead, Fla. The reptile curator at the Pittsburgh zoo has also offered his assistance in getting the alligator from the reservoir, and to stay at the zoo temporarily until Fouse can raise the money to get the alligator to Florida.

The real party to blame would be the pet owner, and the people who sell animals like this as pets. It is a 50+ year commitment. The zoo reptile curator said, some people can't even commit to a marriage that long, how can they commit to a pet that long. From


hunter25's picture

It's rediculous that people

It's rediculous that people will release a pet like this knowing full well the gamage it could do or that in the end it will surely die. Hopefully they can catch the person who did it as I'm sure there are very few people in the area that had a pey alligator. We had a similar situation here in western Colorado a few years ago but the gator was already dead ina irrigation canal when it was found. An animal like this gets a lot of attention but people do it all the time with cats dogs and even larger animals like horses. Wake up and show some resposability.

Anyway I agree that there should be someone out there willing to donate the time and experience needed to catch and relocate this gator rather than just let him die in th ecold when it comes soon.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, I bet that was a

Well, I bet that was a surprise for some.  "Hey, let's go for a swim!  Sure, but what's that bumpy log over there"..... lol

Not something you see every day.  It's things like this that make me wonder if the mountain lion that was run over in Connecticut, which was 'genetically" tied to lions from South Dakota, had actually travelled that far, or if it had been a pet and was let go or escaped.  hard to tell which.

However, this critter probably didn't travel that far on those 4 short legs, so the pet theory is the best.  The people who do this don't seem to think of the negative impact these things can have on the local animal population.  Sure, this alligator in Pennsylvania will not survive, but it could have been anything.  The flying carp, those other really mean fish that are devouring everything in their path, and so-on.  Non native species can be really, really destructive.

Until the winter sets in though, I bet it'll draw some gawkers to the reservoir.

numbnutz's picture

It doesn't take a biologist

It doesn't take a biologist to understand that a gator in a cold weather climate won't make it throught the winter. I'm completely dumbfounded by the desision to just let the gator die in the resoviour. I understand they don't want anyone to get hurt but there are train people out there that could remove and relocate the reptile. For the people who think it's a good idea to buy and try to raise these exotic pets DON'T!!! Your not capible of doing it and inthe end it's the animal that suffers or worse. In this case a kid could have been swimming in the lake and been attacked. Thats just carelesness and I hope law enforcement can find this idot and fine them or put them in jail. Hopefully the lady can raise the funds to have the gator relocated. Thats the right thing to do.

SSGJB's picture

How bout you shoot it and

How bout you shoot it and feed some hungry citizens! heard it taste like chicken. Killing an animal is not cruelty, it a way of life that has been around since the time of man. It's all part of the food chain which i believe we are in. We are on top of the food chain, but there are occasions where humans get taken out by other animals on the food chain, guess what that' s part of life. Now if you think it's cruel to kill an animal tell that to the family that lost a loved one because they got eaten by a wild animal.

Retired2hunt's picture

  I have to agree with you


I have to agree with you GooseHunter Jr.  I can't see the issue with baiting a trap and catching the gator for relocation.  This kind of thing is done all over the states.  I think their real concern here is more about liability than the safety of the capturing process.  I'm certain the insurance policy held by the Westmorland County Municipal Authority does not cover anything that may occur during the capture and relocation process of a gator inside one of their reservoirs.   But I could be wrong.  It could be as simple as the people appointed to the county board have no outdoor education or experience thus have no care in saving this animal.  Or it could be they board doesn't want taxpayer money going towards this effort?

Florida has Alligator removal/relocation programs at the county as well as at the state level plus it also licenses private business to do exactly what is needed here.  I don't know why Ms Fouse doesn't make contact with a reputable Florida business and have them contracted to do the work and have donation efforts to pay for it... or convince the Florida business to donate their efforts.  This would be far better than trying to have a zoo curator getting educated in order to go out and lead the effort - as I read it within the full article link.  By the time anyone gets moving on this the water will be too cold and the alligator will be dead.  Another article I found on this stated the alligator was spotted in early September by security workers.  Just a waste if they can't moving on this.

I also agree that the original pet owner is really to blame here.



GooseHunter Jr's picture

I understand that they do not

I understand that they do not wanna see anyone get hurt trying to sdave the alligator, but states do this stuff al the time in reloacting animals that have lost their way.  There are plenty of humane ways to catch an aliigator that would not even need a humans help in doing so.  I too feel that just letting it die is not the correct thing to do.  It's not the alligators fault that some dumbass left it there to die.  Hopefully the gator wull get reloacted to the Zoo or aleast back to smome more normal of a place for it.