Alligator spotted in Perry’s Rozar Park, city officials working to relocate it
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — A fisherman recently spotted an alligator in the pond at Rozar Park, and city officials want to make sure you stay safe until it can be relocated.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, alligators live along and south of the fall line. That means cities like Columbus, Augusta and Macon have alligator sightings from time to time. You’ll generally see them in a variety of wetland habitats like swamps, rivers and ponds.
Wildlife biologist Bobby Bond says they get calls about gators in Rozar Park at least once a year.
“This is not the first time, and it won’t be the last time,” Bond said. “It’s within the gator range, and we’ve had other gators in the same exact pond.”
Sedrick Swan, the director of Leisure Services for Perry, says when they were made aware of the alligator, they called animal control, which then contacted DNR. He says a trapper is coming to relocate the alligator. They have posted signs around the park warning people of alligators in the pond.
He says if you’re visiting the park, please be cautious.
“We want you to be aware of where you’re stepping and when you’re close to the water,” Swan said. “Just be mindful of your children and your pets if you’re walking around the pond.”
Swan says if you see an alligator at the park, leave it alone.
“Just allow them to bask in the sun and enjoy yourself here at the park,” Swan said.
Bond says it can even be a teachable moment for your children. Gators smaller than three feet are going for smaller prey like frogs and fish. Alligators six feet or larger go for larger prey. Bond says you should never feed an alligator.
“That’s basically you give that animal a death sentence because now instead of it being fearful of humans, it’s now coming to humans for food,” says Bond.
Swan says they’re hoping to say “see you later” to the alligator by the end of the week. He says they’ll post on social media when that happens.