Alligator in Yellowstone?
Posted by dudemeister (+93) 12 years ago
Has anyone else heard the rumor about an alligator in the Yellowstone? I heard it from a few people tonight & one of them even called dispatch & they confirmed it being spotted in the Tongue & Yellowstone but that was all they were told. Just looking for more info if anyone else knows about it. Makes me worried about fishing.
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Posted by poisonspaghetti (+289) 12 years ago
Does it look like this?

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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1913) 12 years ago
Or this?

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Posted by Patty O. (+216) 12 years ago
I have heard this as well. I would hope if this is indeed true we could get some answer. After all it is summer time and the kids will be gathering down at the river to fish.
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Posted by Skye (+377) 12 years ago
Yep sure is...
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Posted by stephen (+258) 12 years ago
wtf? seriously? thats not even cool
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Posted by dudemeister (+93) 12 years ago
i dunno dude. i agree with wtf?
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Posted by Bridgier (+9389) 12 years ago
Wow, maybe Denton's right - invasive aliens ARE targeting miles city...
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Posted by Dave Golterman (+239) 12 years ago
A few years ago an alligator was killed in the Flathead Valley after it was snagged in a pond by someone fishing. Fish, Wildlife and Parks got called in a few hours after the initial catch and had to put the poor animal out of its misery because the folks at the pond had attempted to kill it first. I don't recall if they ever found out who was responsible for the alligator making it into the area, but it was thought to be a result of someone releasing one formerly kept as a pet when it got too big.
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Posted by C.Kee (+373) 12 years ago
My two cents....A friend reported a four foot alligator was turned loose in the Tongue because it got too big as a "pet." Anyone know of someone that "had" a pet alligator?
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Posted by Ashley H (+194) 12 years ago
why would anyone want one as a pet anyway? The should be banned from being household pets!! Also why would anyone release it here they cann't survive here its too cold for them and if they harm a person you will always have that on your coscience that you did that because you released it!! Ithink it just stupid and I hope they find it and get rid of it!!
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+759) 12 years ago
Well surely you all will find a way to make a joke of the facts, but the truth as known to friends of the owner of the Flathead alligator is: the alligator lived in a pond on private property. Those who attacked it were trespassing. The animal was actually well known, had been shown at several schools years ago and was used in a stunt at a swimming pool. Its owner and some of his animals died in a trailer house fire adjacent to the pond recently. Surely your alligator is also a pet, I don't think alligators could live in Montana without help in the wintertime?
Anyway what we learned up here is that if you encounter an alligator you should call the authorities. People will hate on you for months if you shoot it with a bow. That wasn't cool.
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Posted by David Schott (+17678) 12 years ago
Jeff, you forgot to mention that the Yellowstone alligator is almost certainly a further sign of Latino gang activity in the greater Miles City metropolitan area.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+759) 12 years ago
Gee David I never heard of Latino gang members using alligators in their duties. Look for tattoos on it and analyze them, like lawmen do.
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Posted by mercy me (+135) 12 years ago
My son has informed me that this is an overgrown iguana with buckteeth. Can't say as I've seen it myself.
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Posted by snickers (+828) 12 years ago
If there actually is one. I am willing to help relocate it to suitable place if it can be caught.
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Posted by Emilie Boyles (+253) 12 years ago
After receiving several phone calls on the newsline in addition to this thread, I asked Dwayne Andrews, public affairs spokesperson at FWP about the alligator.

He sent me an email back saying

"Emilie: We at FWP in Miles City have not heard anything to support the rumor about an alligator in the Yellowstone River."
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12124) 12 years ago
It was just a rumor? GASP! I am stunned, stunned I tell you, to hear that wild rumors go flying around this town with no basis in truth.

Heeheeheehee.
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Posted by Bill Freese (+476) 12 years ago
Catching the alligator should be easy. It won't be moving fast in this weather. Unless it really is a rumorgator. Those things can fly.
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Posted by K.Duffy (+1812) 12 years ago
IF there really is one *doubt it* and IF someone tries to "catch" it..I hope someone else has a camera rolling

Sure to be another, "Hold my beer and watch this!" moment
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Posted by Stan Wheeler (+1193) 12 years ago
I noticed quite a few small pets in the paper that were reported missing Just Sayin'

Liz
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17823) 12 years ago
I think the bucktoothed iguana is the best explanation so far.
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Posted by jack johnson (+17) 12 years ago
If the Alligator is from Miles City. It is sure to have souless eyes.
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1913) 12 years ago
I left my dog chained out in the front yard and waited behind the garage with my baseball bat but no action so far.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3708) 12 years ago
I'm sure it was planted by the FWP just like all those bears and wolves and mountain lions.
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3797) 12 years ago
"Emilie: We at FWP in Miles City have not heard anything to support the rumor about an alligator in the Yellowstone River."


As if a rampant alligator would inform the FWP of it's recent escape. I am thinking about living in fear and arming myself to the teeth. I suggest we all watch Glenn Beck and learn the truth of this evil loosed on residents along the Yellowstone.

If we have heard about this single report, who can imagine how many are really loosed on an unsuspecting populous? Huh? Who? Tell me.
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Posted by ty head (+105) 12 years ago
Yesterday i saw a police officer walking so i decided to ask him about this. He said, "In my professional opinion- bullpoop."
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1913) 12 years ago
The most dangerous things associated with the river right now are high water and some asswipe with a spray can.
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