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Alligator on the loose in Maryland captured by authorities

An alligator was on the loose on Maryland’s Eastern Shore this week, cruising local roads and hanging out at a construction site before authorities caught it.

Delmarva TV news station WBOC reported that the alligator was spotted at least twice this week by a woman in Fruitland, Md. According to the report, the woman saw the reptile crossing a street on Monday and then resting in a retention pond on a construction site on Wednesday.

Construction workers called authorities to help catch the creature.

Fruitland’s police chief eventually pulled the alligator out of the pond using a stick, and workers from the Department of Natural Resources tied it up, WBOC reported.

Officials speculated that the animal was likely someone’s pet that ran away or was let go.

There have been no reports of alligator attacks in the area, and animal control officials will try to find the critter a new home, the station reported.


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