- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2001

A 3-foot-long alligator was fished out from an Oxon Hill, Md. creek yesterday, but not before it had scared the people who live nearby.
Neighbors had called yesterday morning with reports of an alligator in the creek in the 9700 block of Broad Creek Church Road, said Rodney Taylor, associate director of the Prince George's County Animal Management Control division.
Alligators can grow up to 6 feet and it is possible that this one is a youngster, only 21/2 to 3 years old, he said. But, he added, they are very powerful even at that age and could be dangerous to humans.
"They have a powerful bite," he said.
There was no need for any gator wrestling, however.
"We were able to just grab it and wrap its mouth," Mr. Taylor said.
Because alligators are not native to Maryland and it's illegal to own one in the state where this one came from remains a mystery. It could have escaped or been set free by its owner.
Mr. Taylor said a likely home for the alligator is the National Zoo. "We will find it a home," he said.
In his 19 years with the department, Mr. Taylor recalled just one similar incident when a 6-foot alligator showed up in the Potomac River about five years ago.
That gator, however, was shot by animal-control officers because they did not have the right equipment to subdue it.

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