Uh ok that would be something weird to find in a pond in that area. At least it was a sealed off pond and not an open one. I can remember as a kid going to ponds all the time to catch snakes and frogs and such. Imagine if this was open and that thing got hold of some kid. Do they have any idea where it came from?
I have found 3 other article on it and none of them have said where they think it came from. If I had to guess someone had it as a pet eventhough it's illegal here and couldn't take care of it anymore. Right now as I type this I am less than 300 yards from the pond.
Maybe he was reading the news, and saw that one in Pennsylvania was doing it, so he decided he better give it a try....
I hope they can capture him before the really cold weather sets in. It's a shame that someone put him in that situation and didn't think about it before they did it. Somethign tells me that if they had called the local zoo and sadi they had an alligator they couldn't keep anymore, the zoo would take it.
Of course, maybe it's illegal to have one, so they didn't want to expose themselves for breaking the law. Just a shame if this guy dies though, but it's the owners fault.
This year has been crazy, Gators in Pennsylvania, Ohio trying to turn into the African Plains and now a gator in Oregon. What will be next, Polar Bears in Florida or maybe a walrus? I think it was last year we had a gator in Colorado over by Crawford. As stated, I am sure they are all unwanted pets and it is pretty sad that people will just toss them out into the wild knowing they have no chance to make it. Just glad no one have been hurt.
A follow up to this. Multnomah county officals called in a reptile expert named the "gator guy" who jumped in the pond and wrestled the gator and got him to shore. Taped up the snout and packed it away in the back of his truck and drove it away to a shelter. I'll se if I can find the follow up story on the news site. this guy had some pretty funny quotes.
It was probably a pet gator that someone didn't want any more. Had that happen in Loveland, Colorado years ago. Some kid was playing with his dog where the thing was hanging out. Dog got are by a 5' gator. They said it was a pet not wanted anymore so it got turned loose.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....