Second alligator found in Ocean County lake

    The alligator found in the Jackson lake in late May. Image courtesy of the Jackson Township Police Department.

    The alligator found in the Jackson lake in late May. Image courtesy of the Jackson Township Police Department.

    The second alligator since late May was discovered Tuesday in a Jackson lake. 

    Fishermen spotted the young two-and-a-half long alligator at the Maple Lake Campground, News 12 reported.

    An animal control officer responded and pulled the reptile from the lake with a fishhook, according to the television station. 

    In late May, a township animal control officer caught an approximately two-foot long alligator from the same lake without incident. 

    “It is suspected that an area resident had the animal as a pet and as it grew, released it into the lake,” police said in May. 

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