Posted on

Alligator caught in Passaic River in Elmwood Park


file photo alligator sausage

JULY 8, 2015, 9:50 AM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015, 3:38 PM


ELMWOOD PARK –  The search for the gator roving the Passaic River is over.

Authorities captured the alligator around noon today after launching a boat to get close enough to the creature.

Media and Elmwood Park officials gather on the banks of the Passaic River after a fisherman reported seeing an alligator in the water.

The alligator was spotted this morning by a fisherman,  Luis Acosta,  who called police around 8:20 a.m. after he saw the alligator about 15 feet away while he was fishing for carp.

“I noticed something moving,” Acosta said. “I thought it was a snapping turtle.”

He then thought it might be a floating log. But suddenly, “I saw his whole body. His legs, his tail. I said, ‘wow.'”

He was relieved when authorities also spotted the alligator. “If that alligator goes inside the water, they’re going to think I’m crazy,” he said.

The report of the exotic resident of the Passaic set off a frenzy of activity in the area, with police, fire and wildlife officials rushing to the scene – followed by people who heard about the creature and wanted to get a look.

8 thoughts on “Alligator caught in Passaic River in Elmwood Park

  1. Please explain relevance of photo.

  2. alligator sausage sandwich , i didnt have a good gator photo

  3. i had it and it was great. it was cooked in a beer batter in the keys.

  4. Would love to get a good back story on how the gator made it to Ole Man Rivvah…and in keeping with the times, will not object to being told lies…

  5. Not many fishermen here I guess. the fish Gar and alligators look some what the same. Some are hooked and brought home but, may still be alive and dispose in the drain system.

  6. Based upon an inability to survive in cold water, it seems clear that this was a fairly recent addition to this stretch of river. No doubt some local idiot brought it up from one of the southern states as an illegal pet, kept it in his home, and then tossed it in the river when it got a little too big.

  7. Thanks D.H., but surely you have some more salient (scandalous?) details for our amusement!

  8. Banana republic of NJ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.