Thank goodness it wasn't fully grown.

Jackson Township police say on Memorial Day, Officers Jeff Henba and Kale Mabey responded to the property of Maple Lake Campground on East Veteran’s Highway on an unusual report — of an alligator being observed in the lke

Animal Control Officer Jim Rand who was able to catch the young alligator, which was approximately two feet long, without incident, police said.

It was identified as an American alligator, with the potential to grow to up to 11 feet in length.

"It is suspected that an area resident had the animal as a pet and as it grew, released it into the lake," police said.

The alligator was transfered to the care of a licensed exotic reptile handler while contact was made with the state Division of Fish and Game to determine what will be done with it.

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