- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut environmental officials are investigating a report that an alligator was spotted near a lake in East Lyme.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it received a report that a resident living near Powers Lake spotted a foot-long alligator from a distance.

Conservation police visited the site and interviewed the resident, but officials say they have not confirmed the presence of an alligator.

In 2016, there was a reported sighting of a full-sized alligator on the banks of the Connecticut River in Suffield. That turned out to be a 4-foot long plush toy.

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