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Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52-Indianapolis, IN
Sunday September 18th, 2016 :: 04:16 p.m. EDT


Troopers Find Live Alligator on I-465 in Indianapolis

Indianapolis - Shortly before 2:30 this afternoon, troopers were dispatched to I-465 southbound near the 48 mile marker on reports of a live alligator on the shoulder. Upon arrival, a nearly two foot alligator was located, alive but injured. Troopers immediately contacted animal control personnel and made efforts to prevent the alligator from running into traffic. At one point a trooper actually picked up the animal to keep it from entering the traffic lanes of I-465. 

Sadly, shortly before animal control arrived on the scene, the alligator died. There were visible injuries consistent with falling, or being thrown from a moving vehicle. Troopers believe this could be a case of someone improperly disposing  of, or releasing a domesticated reptile. Anyone with information about who may have owned this alligator is asked to call the Indiana State Police at 317-899-8577. The Department of Natural Resources was consulted for the proper disposal of the reptile. 


Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52-Indianapolis, IN
8620 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 317-899-8577

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