The park in New Jersey was closed to the public: all services are desperately looking for an alligator, which, for unknown reasons, ended up in Lake Creigton. On Monday, August 28, a park in New Jersey is closed to the public as police continue to search for an alligator that is at large, according to ABC7NY.
Middlesex Police Department (Middlesex Borough Police Department) on Wednesday, August 23, received a message that a small alligator was seen in Victor Crowell Park. An alligator has been spotted at Lake Creigton, known as Duck Pond, and at Ambrose Brook, which is located in Victor Crowell Park.
Police and local authorities are working hard to locate the reptile. So, on Monday, so many drones came out in search of an alligator that one of them got stuck in a tree. The drone had to be rescued using a fire escape.
The alligator, about a meter long, is surprisingly good at hiding. On Friday, one eyewitness said he saw an alligator attack a duck and drag it underwater. On Saturday evening, the police managed to find the alligator on their own. One of the officers tried to disarm him by firing his firearm at point-blank range. The alligator immediately plunged into the water. It is not known whether the attempt to neutralize the alligator was successful.
On Monday, Middlesex police announced that the park was closed to the public for 72 hours or until the alligator no longer posed a threat to public safety.
“Citizens are strongly advised to stay away from Lake Creigton and Ambrose Brook and not approach or attempt to catch an alligator,” Police Chief Matthew Geist said.
Alligators are not native to New Jersey, so it's unclear how the animal ended up in the park's waters. While it is illegal to own alligators in New Jersey, they are sometimes bought outside of the state. Owners often release reptiles into local waters when they are no longer able to care for them.
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The officers continue to monitor Duck Pond and Ambrose Brook in an attempt to locate the reptile. Department The New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Conservancy is seeking information on the alligator's whereabouts in order to set a humane trap. Anyone with information is asked to call the DEP hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.