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In Clinton Township, Michigan an alligator about one foot long escaped from a home on the corner of Lantz St and Lucerne St.
“This approximately one foot long alligator escaped from a home in the Lucerne/Lantz area which is near 15 & Little Mack.” Clinton Township Police Department wrote on Facebook.
The police department issued a statement saying that if you see the alligator running around on the loose, do not approach it, instead, call the local authorities and notify animal control to come and capture it.
“If you spot the alligator PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH, but contact animal control at 586-469-5115 or the police department,” the Clinton Township Police Department wrote on Facebook.
The statement posted on Facebook received many comments and reactions which showed alligators seem to be the talk of Michigan over the past months. Some people commented on how Michigan is looking more like a gator-country. Others commented on how they know people who have alligators as pets in the state.
The Department of Natural Resources oversees the laws regarding having a gator as a pet. So far, it seems that no state law exists that prohibits people from owning a gator. There are only laws against owning animals that are indigenous to Michigan. That being said, most towns you can legally own an alligator.
The Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers shared advice on Fox 66: “You get them, their small, a lot of people purchase them when they’re 4 and a half inches long, they’re little and you can keep them in an aquarium. But they don’t stay little, they grow big, you have to have quite a large enclosure to contain them.”