Upper Lake in Palestine closed due to alligator sighting

Upper Lake in Palestine closed due to alligator sighting
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POSTED: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 11:31am

UPDATED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5:33pm

The city of Palestine has closed Upper Lake after the discovery of an 8- to 10- foot alligator.

The foremost concern is for public safety and they are not allowing anyone into that area until they can capture and safely move the animal.

KETK spoke with Richard Ott of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to get some information on the risk involved.

Ott says they have always been aware of alligators being in area lakes, but generally they keep to themselves as long as humans don't feed them. This causes the animals to lose their natural fear and become more bold.

Ott says  since the alligator fell under protection in the 1070s, their numbers have grown, so we have seen more of them in our lakes in east Texas as well. The young males will sometimes venture out to expand their territory, but usually, they see us before we see them and they hide.

If you spot an alligator, steer clear. report the location to the game warden, or Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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