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TWRA warns people not to dump unwanted pets after alligator found in pond

The alligator was transported to a local zoo, according to TWRA.
The alligator was transported to a local zoo, according to TWRA.
The alligator was transported to a local zoo, according to TWRA.(TWRA)
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 1:42 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are warning people not to dump unwanted pets.

TWRA issued the warning after rangers discovered a small alligator in a pond near Chattanooga. Wildlife officials said they believe the alligator was a pet that had been dumped.

“No. Bradley County isn’t in the alligator’s historic range,” TWRA officials said.

The alligator was transported to a local zoo, according to TWRA.

According to TWRA, alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from southern border states.

#dontdumpunwantedpets Wildlife Officer Dillon Maynard (with assistance from Officers Ben Davis & Barry Baird) recently...

Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Thursday, August 12, 2021

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