Police and an animal control officer pulled a two-foot long alligator from a lake in Jackson Township, New Jersey Monday afternoon.
Police first received a report of an alligator in the lake at Maple Lake Campground on East Veterans Highway around 4 p.m. Two officers as well as an Animal Control Officer managed to pull the young alligator from the lake and transfer it to a licensed exotic reptile handler. Officials also contacted Fish and Game to determine what will be done with it.
Officials identified the alligator as an American Alligator which can potentially grow up to eight to 11 feet in length. Investigators suspect a local resident had it as a pet and released it into the lake as it grew. They have not yet identified the owner however.