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Alligator caught in Passaic River in Elmwood Park


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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.