Aid Coming For Alligator At Beaver Run Reservoir

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The Beaver Run Reservoir in Westmoreland County has a reptile problem. A 5-foot long alligator has taken up residence in the 25 miles of shoreline, and residents and officials are attempting a gator rescue.

The problem is that the water is 15-feet deep, and the cold weather is coming which would likely kill the creature. To the rescue is Henry Kacprzyk of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and he talks to KDKA-AM’s Larry and John about how he plans to trap the gator and what he’ll do with it.

“I’d love to say I’m going to jump on the gator and evade his jaws coming down with a thousand pounds per square inch of jaw pressure, however I need to be realistic- more than likely, we’re going to have to trap this animal,” said Kacprzyk.

Zoo officials will be setting up a box trap this week in an effort to rescue the alligator.

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Zoo toured the reservoir to look for signs of the alligator.

“We went out for our first run at seeing where we could set up a trap,” he said. “In the event that we got lucky, we were prepared to try to physically capture the animal.”

They didn’t see it.

“We are going to put the trap in a location that the Westmoreland County Water Authority personnel can inspect on a daily basis,” Kacprzyk explained.

“Should it be tripped, they’re going to call us, we’re going to go out and take the animal either out of the trap or transport within a trap back here to the zoo.”

They hope to catch the gator within the next three weeks.

Once the alligator is captured, it will temporarily be housed at the Pittsburgh Zoo.


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  • Sharky

    Just let the thing die and don’t waste any taxpayers or water authority money on this “rescue”. All I know is my water bill better not go up to fund this. I hope the owner is found and fined heavily and has to pay all the costs.

    • Dave


  • JP Gibb

    Sounds like we need to call in Billy the Exterminator!

  • Jeff Verzyla's Son

    I agree with my dad. Save this creature. It’s not like it’s his fault. Next time you get locked outside your house, don’t call the police or firefighters because it’s your own fault you locked yourself out.

    • Dave

      yea, because a human being is the same as a reptile. If we’re the same, based on your flawed reasoning, then we should help the reptile if he actually calls the police/firefighters.

  • Elayne Eckman

    Alligators are cold blooded.

  • Elayne Eckman

    Alligators are cold blooded.

  • Elayne Eckman

    Alligators are cold blooded

    • JustSaying

      Do you even know what cold blooded means? I suppose you think that means they can live in the cold? Not….

      • Elayne Eckman

        When I posted that, the article said that alligators are warm blooded. I was just pointing out an error in the professional journalist’s article.

        Trust me. I know way more about vertebrates than you do.

  • Elayne Eckman

    I’m not hyper, my computer just froze up

  • tim

    my mom was an alligator i tossed her in the swimming pool last winter shes doing fine

    • Jeff Verzyla's Son

      That’s great to hear. Keep us updated on her status.

      @Dave – Sorry man. My dad is richer than you, though.

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