Alligator sighting reported at Oklahoma City park

BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: November 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm •  Published: November 25, 2009

State game wardens are investigating a man’s report of seeing an alligator in an Oklahoma City pond, a month after a similar animal was seen at a nearby apartment complex.

Jason Hall, 33, said he was walking his dog about 10 p.m. Monday at Dolese Youth Park, just northwest of N Meridian Avenue and NW 50, when he saw something slithering on the surface of the pond. At first he thought it was a beaver, he said, but when he got a closer look at the snout he saw it appeared to be an alligator.

"That was no beaver,” he said.

Hall said he watched the 4-foot animal swim around and swoosh its tail back and forth as it circled toward him and his dog. He said he watched the creature swimming around for about an hour.

The animal came within 10 feet of him, he said, adding there is cause for concern. "There are ducks and geese and people who walk their dogs out here,” Hall said.