Fisherman Snares Alligator At Southern New Jersey Preserve

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a southern New Jersey fisherman made an unexpected catch Sunday—a nearly 4-foot-long alligator.

Jesse Deeney of Egg Harbor City was fishing in waters along the Hamilton Game Preserve in Atlantic County when the alligator became entangled in his line around 9:20 a.m.

Deeney notified Hamilton Township police, who were able to secure the alligator without harming it. It was later turned over to state wildlife officials, and further details on its status were not disclosed.

It’s not clear how the alligator ended up in the preserve. But officials say it appeared to be in good health.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Bash

    Its a real shame all the fuss on a silly tiny gator. People in Fl. are used to this and I have even swum within 20 ft. of a crock in blue holes in Fl.
    Little did they know there is a chance they could have killed several Eastern painted turtles (being that the (4) officers @200lbs. a piece were standing directly on top of the turtles nest eggs (2-5) inches below the topsoil.
    I have photos and video of that turtle laying her eggs and they are due in the next 1-2 weeks. So if you would like to cause some more Eco-damage make sure you look for gators everywhere , so we can imprison them all in jail (zoo)and destroy what we aren’t even aware of.
    Sorry the gator would have been better off freezing to death than killing several other living creatures….Drop a line if you would like to see the photos, or video !!!

    • Sheila Marie Dempsey

      I understand what you are saying, but Florida is known for having alligators, southern,nj is NOT known for that…so yes it is a big deal

  • jones

    Can a gator survive a new jersey winter???

  • Johan

    It probably migrated from a New York Sewer.

    • Sheila Marie Dempsey


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