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Alligator found in Coitsville

Published: Thu, November 13, 2008 @ 6:14 p.m.

COITSVILLE — Coitsville Police Capt. Gary Abeid said he was skeptical when police received a call from a resident about a four-foot long alligator on his property.

But when he saw that the reptile was real, Abeid’s reaction was, “It’s big enough to hurt somebody.”

The alligator was secured with an animal snare, and after checking with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife for protocol, Abeid killed it with his .223-cal. rifle “to keep it from being a threat to any residents.”

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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

They killed it ! Now gators are extinct in the valley !

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2metz87(902 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

I don't think they are native to the area. Someone's pet either escaped or they got rid of it.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

That gator could have taken care of the possums raiding my garbage cans ! What a waste !

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4metz87(902 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Good one or that nosiy dog your nieghbot has.

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5l826w(8 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure this is a case of someone discarding a pet that got too large to care for - ignorance, really.
I understand keeping the community safe but, why couldn't the animal have been tranq'd and taken to a zoo?
Maybe the area doesn't have the funding but, shooting the animal for being at the wrong place, wrong time - and not being at fault - certainly doesn't make sense.

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6DRDAVE1965(80 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

makes sense to me

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7bcim(13 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

PEOPLE: That gator = one NEW pair of cowboy boots!! And with good cutting, a new belt!!

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