Alligator captured at Hudson Valley Junior High School

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It’s something you’d think you’d hear about in Florida, but definitely not in the Hudson Valley. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation rushed to the scene of a local high school early yesterday to capture a large alligator.

DEC agents say they received a call at 1:19 a.m. explaining that a ferocious alligator was “lurking around” Van Wyck High School. While small alligators are known to be kept locally as pets, this one was far too big to be in anyone’s house. The 50-pound reptile was estimated to be four to five feet long.

It is not known how long the alligator has been in the wild, as it was only spotted by chance. A neighbor from East Fishkill middle school was looking out the window after midnight when he saw the monster rushing from a culvert and heading for the school parking lot.

The neighbor immediately ran out the living room window and called 911. Kudos to the 911 operator for taking the call seriously. I mean, anyone who calls in the middle of the night to try and explain that they’re looking at a huge alligator wandering the Hudson Valley could easily be mistaken for someone who’s had one too many.

After quickly determining that the phone call was on level, a DEC officer was dispatched to the middle school in the Wappingers Central School District and was able to safely subdue the alligator. He was transported to a rehabilitation specialist in the area for further evaluation.

No speculation has been made as to where the alligator came from or if there are more roaming them. School was not in session today, but students returning tomorrow will likely look over their shoulders cautiously during recess.

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