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4th alligator discovered roaming Long Island

Associated Press Published: October 5, 2012

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — There's a gator glut on Long Island.

Newsday ( ) says the fourth alligator discovered in a week has found a new home at a Riverhead aquarium.

The most recently publicized stray was found Monday at a Wading River golf course on eastern Long Island.

Other alligators were found on successive days about 55 miles west, near a Baldwin supermarket.

The spate of gators started a week ago in Mastic.

Experts believe people may be disposing of the 2½-foot-long beasts when they start to become unmanageable.

The week's gator-wrangling total comes to five if you include New York City. Police removed a pet alligator from a Brooklyn home on Monday.

The Suffolk County SPCA warns that exotic animals make bad companions. They may pose serious health risks.


Information from: Newsday,