- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

VIVIAN, La. (AP) - Police in the northwest Louisiana town of Vivian shot an alligator to death after it was discovered in a residential area.

KSLA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1r1sB9u ) the alligator showed up Tuesday morning. Police were called and one officer fired several shots into the animal.

KSLA said one witness questioned why police killed the alligator rather than having it carried away.

Deputy Chief Perry Hart said the decision was made because it was in a residential area where children live. Police said the alligator was 5 feet long, while a witness estimated the length at 7 feet.

Hart said police were receiving guidance from Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Department personnel, who were aware authorities were going to kill the alligator for public safety reasons.

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Information from: KSLA-TV, http://ksla.com

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