Frozen Gator Found In MN Lake 23 Mar 13

A 17-year-old boy has made a rare discovery on Marion Lake near the southern Metro suburb of Lakeville. John Anton was with his father when he spotted something in the snow – the frozen remains of an alligator. Anton at first thought it was carved out of wood. The DNR’s Captain Greg Salo says reports of alligators on Minnesota lakes are rare, but not unheard of. He says every year they receive one or two calls regarding alligators, and that most incidents of alligators in Minnesota come from the same source: pet owners. He says often times the alligators grow too large to keep inside and an owner ends up releasing the gator, thinking it will survive. Salo reminds people it’s illegal to release any non-native species into the wild in Minnesota and individuals could face criminal charges.