JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 6-foot-long alligator was caught after being spotted roaming the property of a southern Michigan church.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/u2A1xB) officers from the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety near Jackson caught the alligator on Monday.
A passing motorist called police to Pathway Community Church after spotting it outside.
Officers slipped a noose around the head of the alligator while duct tape was placed around its mouth.
Police say arrangements were made to transport the alligator to a sanctuary.
Police say the alligator was in good health and likely was recently released. With colder weather approaching it might not have survived outdoors.
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