Alligator fished out of pond

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) - August 15, 2008

An animal control field manager says police thought it was a joke at first when someone reported seeing a gator in Chappaqua, 30 miles northeast of New York City.

Trappers put chicken out to lure the alligator on Tuesday, but a raccoon ate the bait.

They returned to Pine Cliff Sanctuary on Wednesday with a deep-sea fishing pole. The gator became tangled in the fishing line.

Animal control officers say the alligator may have been a pet. They're trying to find it a new home in a sanctuary.

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