“We are looking to see if the report of two alligators at a slough near River Bend Apartments is true,” Riverside Police chief Rick Oliver said.
Oliver said a River Bend Apartments resident called the police department Friday to report the gator sighting.
“We called Game and Fish (the Alabama Department of Conservation Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries) and they came out Friday,” he said.
Oliver said Riverside police officers and the Game and Fish officials searched the slough all day Friday.
“One of our officers, Wayne Knight, observed something that could have been an alligator,” he said.
Oliver said officials were waiting on another sighting, and would continue searching for the gator.
“I haven’t personally seen the alligator, so I can’t say if it is the same alligator from back in May,” he said.
Last May, an estimated 6-8 foot alligator appeared in the slough at Riverside Landing. Numerous passers-by stopped and watched as the gator swam in the slough all day.
Game officials attempted to capture the reptile that night with a limb line, but were unsuccessful as it moved out of the slough to a new location, appearing in the slough near River Bend Apartments the next day.
Game officials again attempted to capture the gator, but were unsuccessful. The alligator disappeared and no further sightings were reported.
River Bend Apartments issued a letter to all residents Friday informing them of the alligator sighting and urging caution with children and pets. Residents were advised to stay away from the slough.
Game officials urge residents not to feed alligators, so the reptiles do not become accustomed to humans. Residents should not attempt to capture the gator or antagonize it.
Anyone who sees an alligator should call the Alabama Department of Conservation Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries District 2 office 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 256-435-1642 or after hours call the game watch number at 1-800-272-4263.
Oliver said individuals may also call Central Dispatch at 205-884-3333 to report any alligator sightings.
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