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Cypress Creek gator was released into Elk River

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The Elk River is another highly populated body of water. The Elk River is another highly populated body of water.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The alligator that was found in Cypress Creek this week was released into another highly populated body of water Tuesday.

Lauderdale County Animal Control officers removed a six-foot, one-inch gator from Cypress Creek Tuesday evening and released it back into the wild on the Elk River.

Fred Shelton has lived along Robinson Beach, an area just off the Elk and Tennessee Rivers, for 20 years. Like others who live along the river's bank, he is extremely concerned that they could be sharing their waterways with a potentially dangerous reptile.

"I know it wasn't done intentionally to hurt anyone, but we feel like we should be as free from alligators as Cypress Creek should," Shelton said.

Shelton said the neighborhood will keep a watchful eye on the water for the time being. Wildlife experts say alligators generally stay away from people, and that you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked by an alligator in north Alabama.

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