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'Mystery alligator' spotted in Del Valle neighborhood

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Residents in one Central Texas neighborhood are on the look out for an alligator.  Some in Del Valle say it's a rather large one too.

"One of the landscaping crew was out here and he reported an alligator.  At that time, he said it was about a 3 foot alligator," said Pat King.

Pat King is on the homeowners association board.  She's lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.

"It's probably been living here longer than I have," she joked.

She says when the landscaper called them, they decided to see what the city could do.
"One of our board members contacted the City of Austin and they sent a biologist out here but he said there was nothing he could do until it's caught.  He wanted to run some tests but nothing they can do until they catch it," King said.

So she says their only solution was to hire an alligator expert who came out and set traps this week.

"He did see it and he said it's 7 foot and 200 pounds and aggressive," King said.

Tonya Carpenter lives right next to the pond.  She's convinced the mystery alligator could possibly be a small animal like a beaver.

"I look out my window all the time and I have never seen it," she said.

But if it is out there, she's not scared...she just wants to get the word out!

"I think people need to know about it because there's a lot of kids that walk around the pond.  People walk their dogs and things around the pond so they need to let us know," Carpenter said.

King says her daughter runs next to the pond all the time so she's worried about her...but other than that, she's good!

"I don't run the trail!  Ha ha!  So as long as he's got food and he doesn't come out and look for other means of food," King said.

King says the City of Austin couldn't do anything about the alligator but they did offer to put up some warning signs around the pond.

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