Campground officials contacted police after campers spotted what they described as an alligator.
Police Officers Jeff Henba and Kale Mabey responded to the property of Maple Lake Campground on East Veteran’s Highway on the report of an alligator being observed in the lake Monday around 4 p.m.
The officers responded with Animal Control Officer Jim Rand who was able to catch the young alligator, approximately two feet long, without incident.
The alligator was identified as an American Alligator which reportedly has the potential to grow to approximately 8-11 feet in length.
It is suspected that an area resident had the animal as a pet and as it grew, released it into the lake.
The alligator was transferred by Animal Control to the care of a licensed exotic reptile handler while contact is made to Fish and Game to determine what will be done with it.
Photo: Jackson Twp. Police