Alligator found in Gate City; Pulled out of water

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Virginia Wildlife Officials say an alligator that was spotted in waters in Southwest Virginia has been captured. 

Wildlife officials began looking for the alligator in Gate City, Virginia on Thursday evening.  

The reptile, believed to be an American alligator, was pulled from the water this morning. Police blocked Slabtown Circle to aid in the capture of the alligator. 

Sergeant James Hale with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said a biologist determined the animal is an American alligator.  Officials add that American alligators can be shy around people, which made it difficult for officers to find the reptile.  

Scott County emergency management coordinator Jeff Brickey told News Channel 11 the call about a gator in Big Moccasin Creek came in around 4 p.m.Thursday.

A witness told News Channel 11 crews searched last night near the Mill Dam off Slabtown Circle.

Brickey said he’d heard it was described as being about 3 feet long.

Virginia Wildlife Officials say it is possible the alligator is someone’s pet, but it is not known at this time how the gator got into the creek. 

Reptiles are allowed as pets in the state of Virginia, but if it escapes the owner could be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor. 

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