2011-07-07 / Local & State

Man Finds 3-Foot Alligator In Backyard

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ A Pennsylvania man took his dog out for a walk _ and found a 3-foot alligator in his backyard.

The Erie Times-News reports that the homeowner discovered the alligator Friday afternoon behind his house.

An animal control officer pulled the alligator out of some bushes using a noose on the end of a pole, then held it down and taped its mouth and legs with electrical tape.

Officials suspect that someone had the alligator as a pet and released it when it became too big.

It is illegal to own an alligator in the city of Erie, officials told the paper.

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