Third alligator sighting reported near Whitney Point

WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The Department of Environmental Conservation says it is still investigating after a third reported sighting of an alligator in the Whitney Point area.

Whitney Point Mayor Ryan Reynolds noted over the weekend that an alligator had been seen in in Tioughnioga River near the Southern Tier village on Saturday.

The mayor also said a similar sighting had been made about 2-months ago.

The DEC indicated Monday morning that it had been seen a third time.

The DEC said it investigated the third sighting, but could not confirm it.

Reynolds says the DEC believes the gator was once someone's pet and was let go in the area sometime in the last month.

He says some kayakers snapped the picture above Saturday, but advised others in the area to use caution.

The DEC says that, while rare, alligators are not unheard of in New York State.

They’re warning residents that “all wildlife is potentially dangerous and should not be disturbed.”

If you see an alligator in the area, contact of the DEC at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).

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