As of Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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File Photo — A young alligator, spotted in this September file photo, made Lawrenceville's Dunlin lake its home. It is believed to be the same alligator pulled from the lake on Wednesday.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- An alligator that has called Dunlin Lake home for more than a year was evicted on Wednesday morning by a man and woman who own a wildlife rescue organization.
Jason Clark of Griffin-based Southeastern Reptile Rescue said he was initially called to the Lawrenceville neighborhood last fall, but didn't spot the gator. He visited again on Sunday and saw the gator, but couldn't get close enough to catch it until Wednesday.
That's when Clark said his wife saw the gator, and in about two minutes, caught it, but the reptile left about 15 to 20 teeth and small puncture marks in his forearm. Clark said the gator is about three and a half feet long and weighs about 15 to 20 pounds, but there was no way to tell its age.
Clark said he doesn't yet know if the gator would be released into the wild or kept for educational visits with school children. He said his organization has about two dozen alligators used for education.
"If he can be released, that's our No. 1 priority," Clark said.
In September, a neighbor who lives near the lake told reporters that the gator swims, sunbathes and stalks its prey -- and had almost become a neighborhood pet.