Atchison County Investigators Find Owner Of Wayward Alligator

By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email
By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email

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Sunday, August 11, 2013


The Atchison County Sheriff's Office said it has located and interviewed the owner of an alligator that was found in a lake.

Investigators said Waylon Saxton was unlikely to face charges in connection with the disappearance of the animal. Deputies said Saxton told them that his alligator, named Cletus, disappeared three weeks ago when there was a large party at the county lake.

Deputies said Saxton told them that he thinks someone at the party knew he had an alligator on the property and released it. They said he didn't report the disappearance because he was afraid that if someone had stolen Cletus, they might kill it if they knew deputies were looking for it.

Cletus was shot by Dennis Statler who saw him in the lake before deputies could arrange to have him removed. The gator is currently recovering at Monkey Island, an animal rescue facility in Greenwood, Missouri.

Saxton said he is acquainted with Statler and there are no hard feelings.

Deputies said Saxton wants to bring Cletus back home, and he plans to put the alligator in a secured pen where others would not have access.

The Atchison County Sheriff's Office said alligators are not on the list of dangerous regulated animals in Kansas and investigators couldn't find a law that currently governs the possession of alligators.

Source: KCTV

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A northeast Kansas sheriff wants to know who dumped a small alligator in a lake, where it was spotted by fishermen.

KAIR-FM reports the group of anglers made the discovery Saturday while fishing at Atchison County Lake. They alerted the lake's caretaker, who called the sheriff's department.

Sheriff Jack Laurie says deputies and members of the Atchison County Humane Society caught the alligator Monday using a net, a dog kennel and other tools. The Humane Society planned to turn it over to an animal reserve called Monkey Island, near Lee's Summit, Mo.

Laurie believes that someone had the alligator as a pet but released it when it started growing. If the owner is found, the sheriff says charges including animal cruelty are possible.

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