Possible gator in the Tennessee River?

Published: Jun. 30, 2009 at 1:30 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2009 at 9:17 PM CDT
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By Robyn McGlohn - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The heat and the upcoming holiday will have a lot of people taking a dip in swimming holes and local rivers.

But be careful, there may gators lurking about.

It's summer time. It's hot, and Michael Myer is taking full advantage of the water.  "I just mostly jump off the swing swim out half way and come back," says a Michael.

His friend James Casey does the same.

Both swim in the Tennessee River almost everyday and never once have they seen an alligator.

"My friend Linda thinks it's my mom just trying to scare me," said James.

But lately there's been tales of more than just fish biting. There have been stories alligators near the UAH boat dock appearing and then disappearing.

"I hadn't heard that, I wasn't aware there was a possibility of that," said Linda Myer.

There is a possibility, and in fact, they were put there for a purpose.

It's said years ago alligators were released into the Tennessee rRver to help control the beaver population, but since then they've moved out.

They supposedly settled in Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

Over the years the WAFF 48 News cameras have captured gators on streets in the middle of the night.

The state game warden says it's possible you might spot a gator in the Tennessee River, but it's unlikely.

"Anytime we see a log we look to see if it's drifting with the stream or if it has a little movement of it's own."

The WAFF 48 venture turned up nothing, which is probably a good sign.

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