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Alligator Found In Huntington Man's Backyard

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Reported: Jul. 1, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 1, 2014 5:41 PM EDT
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Man Finds Alligator
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

An unwelcomed visitor in a Huntington neighborhood had one homeowner calling the cops.

Rick Bledsoe found a three foot long alligator in his backyard along West Oakland Drive off of Norway Avenue Monday afternoon.

Police had to call state wildlife experts to take the gator away.

Bledsoe said the animal belongs to his neighbor who was out of town when "Al" escaped.

"I was coming home from a run and ran around the corner to my back door and saw this alligator laying in my backyard,"Bledsoe said. "It was about three to four feet long and it saw me and gave me a hiss then ran underneath my deck."

Right now, the legislature is working on a list of exotic animals that could be banned in West Virginia. Since that law is not yet in effect, Al's owner will not face any charges.



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