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.