BEAVER RUN (KDKA) — A five-foot alligator has been seen on the banks of the Beaver Run Reservoir, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
The reservoir belongs to the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County and Authority Manager Chris Kerr told the Trib that the gator has been spotted over the last month, but that it poses no danger and that there will be no active search.
Ray Bamrick, lead reptile keeper at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, says the gator would not be able to survive the winter and suspects it may have been someone’s pet and that its owner dropped it off there.
The reservoir is marked as private.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission tells KDKA that someone could be fined for dumping off an exotic pet such as the gator.
Irene and Zeal Brewer, who live up the hill from the reservoir, smiled and joked about the gator. They have not seen it and say they don’t want to.