Traps have ben set for the alligator who resides in Pennsylvania’s Beaver Run Reservoir and catching an alligator is not easy. Now the alligator’s life depends on him falling for the bait that is set to catch him. The alligator was first spotted about a month ago. The initial plan was to let it succumb to cold weather, but officials scrapped that after public outcry. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium have agreed to help trap the alligator who is estimated under five feet long. Zoo workers are building a wire trap that will be 7 feet long. Zoo officials will place frozen herring inside the trap — bait with a high fat content that “tends to smell. The herring will be partially submerged underwater to minimize the risk of attracting raccoons and bears. There is no estimate on when they might catch the alligator. Reservoir authorities and zoo officials are working together to find the best place to put the trap. Officials have urged anyone who sees the alligator to stay away from it. Ray Bamrick, lead reptile keeper at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, said even a 5-foot alligator could do considerable damage to a human, reported the Tribune-Review.
Related: Facebook page “Save the Beaver Run Alligator”