Abandoned alligators on the rise in central PA

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Lancaster is urging people to stop buying and abandoning alligators into the local community.  

East Cocalico Township Police were called to the 900 block of Sycamore Drive in Denver Borough for report of a 3-foot long alligator in a resident's yard. With the help of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, authorities were able to capture the alligator and take him to safety. 

The reptile sanctuary says this is just the latest of many incidents regarding loose alligators in the community, and that they are currently swamped with calls for unwanted pet alligators.

The group is urging people not purchase alligators as pets, and that state lawmakers ban the sale of alligators in Pennsylvania.  

Forgotten Friends is currently housing three alligators who are scheduled to be sent to a rescue center in Florida.  

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