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Thread: Michigan becomes 'gator country: Man shoots alligator that lunged at him

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    Michigan becomes 'gator country: Man shoots alligator that lunged at him

    DAYTON TWP, MI — Out collecting minnows one recent morning in rural Tuscola County, a local man heard an odd hissing sound. A moment later, an apex predator lunged at him.

    Not a bear, wolf, or other fierce mammal native to Michigan, but an alligator.

    Pulling a pistol, the man survived the encounter; the large reptile did not.

    The Dayton Township gator attack is the latest in a series of alligator-related incidents to occur in Michigan and the Midwest this summer.

    The 59-year-old man called authorities at about 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, to report the incident. Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene in the Shay Lake area of Dayton Township and met with the man.

    He told them he had been in a ditch gathering minnows for fishing bait. He heard the curious sound, only for the alligator to lunge at him a moment later.
    The man drew his pistol and shot the animal once, killing it.

    Deputies could see the dead alligator had slid down a bank toward the water. They recovered the carcass, which was between 5 and 6 feet long and weighed about 50 to 60 pounds...

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    Good thing he was carrying.

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    I thought of you while reading that article, apparently there have been a few incidents in upper Michigan this year:

    That alligator was the latest in a strange string of alligators up north:

    • On June 27, a 3-foot-long alligator was found tangled up in fishing nets in the backyard of a home in Jackson County's Hanover Township.
    • The same day, a 21-year-old alligator named Wally was struck by a vehicle and killed in Delta Township just outside of the Lansing city limits.
    • On July 9, authorities in Macomb County's Eastpointe impounded two baby alligators and took them to Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan.
    • On July 13, Kent County Animal Control officers seized a 4-foot-long alligator from an Alpine Township duplex after its owner had apparently left it behind when he had moved out.
    • In Owosso on July 14 and 15, a 4-foot-long alligator managed to escape from a cage in its owner's Hamblin Street residence. Police and Shiawassee Animal Control officers corralled the animal both times and returned it to its owner, who said he plans on getting rid of the alligator once he finds a sanctuary to take it.
    • On July 18, a 20-year-old American alligator named Puff escaped from his family's Milford Township home and was lassoed by two civilians. It was then returned to its owner...

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