WILSON, NY - The Department of Environmental Conservation confirms an alligator was found in a creek in Niagara County, and an investigation is underway.
Ken Champion called the DEC when he spotted an alligator in a creek near his home. The DEC Police Officer came to his home, and took the 30-inch reptile.
The alligator was taken to the SPCA in Tonawanda, where a veterinarian specializing in reptiles will check its health. At this point, a final destination for the reptile is unknown.
The Department of Conservation speculates the alligator was likely someone's pet, and was recently released into the wild.
Alligators are not native to WNY, and are unable to survive in colder climates. A special permit is required to legally possess an alligator.