CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — When you think about alligators most people think of Florida. But a six-foot gator has been seen numerous times right down the road in Cullman County near Hanceville.
Officers from the Alabama Department of Conservation say the reptile poses no threat to humans.
Resident Tommy Spears and many others have seen the alligator many times swimming in the swamp on County Road 508 near a chicken plant in Cullman County. The gator has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, but residents like Spears are keeping their distance.
“Well it is kind of unusual to have an alligator out here, most times they are in warm waters. But I tell you what, I will stay on my place if he will stay in his place down there,” Spears said.
Conservation Officers from Wildlife and Fisheries tell CBS42 it is rare to see alligators in Cullman County. But the reptiles have been spotted here before. Officials are warning residents not to feed the alligator. Anyone who tries to catch the gator and kill it will face serious charges and will have to pay a fine.
12 year old Braxton White and his father live down the road from the swamp where the alligator is living. White says he has seen the reptile and its exciting but scary at the same time.
“Because I’m scared it will come up to our front porch one day, and I will go out to check the mail and he will be right there to get me,” White said.
For now wildlife officials plan to leave the gator alone. If the animal become a problem they might relocate the alligator.