Alligator eludes authorities in southern New Jersey

There's an alligator on the loose in southern New Jersey, and police have come up empty trying to find the elusive reptile, reported.

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Police in Mullica Township said the alligator, which measures between 3 and 4 feet in length, was first spotted Tuesday. Officers and members of the Division of Fish and Wildlife searched the area with no success, reported.

"We haven't had any contact," the spokesman said. "We did search for him -- or her -- to no avail."

Mullica Township police said they have not decided whether to resume the search Thursday, but did warn residents to be cautious about letting small pets outside unattended, reported.

Last week, a man found a 2-foot caiman in a pond in Old Bridge.

According to a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman, people buy alligators in other states and release them into New Jersey's rivers and lakes when they get too big for aquariums, according to It's illegal to own an alligator in New Jersey.

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