Two Alligator Sightings Near Residential Areas

JULY 25, 2005 - Posted at 7:49 a.m. CDT

SEARCY, AR - There's been at least two alligator sightings in central Arkansas communities recently.  Searcy residents on a fishing trip last week came across a six-foot alligator living in a private pond just off Nicholson Road.  The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says officers captured the animal and took it to a wilderness area near Brinkley.  In Sherwood, officials are still looking for an alligator they believe is living in Lake Cherrywood.

Alligators are fully protected as a threatened species and populations in Arkansas are growing.  State wildlife experts say the animals play a vital role in wetland communities, helping control populations of nuisance animals.

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