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'Gator' caution urged at Lake Kedron

A ranger with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was unable to locate an alligator that has been reported at Lake Kedron, Peachtree City officials said.

The ranger toured the lake on a boat Thursday but the search came up empty.

However, the city is urging residents to take caution not just near the lake, but also along the city’s path system that are near lakes, streams and other bodies of water.

Residents who spot the alligator are asked to first make sure what they’re seeing is not a log. If it is indeed the creature, take a photograph if possible and call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Game Management Division at 1-478-825-6354.

If the alligator is acting aggressively, such as hissing or approaching humans or animals, call 911 immediately, officials said.

Swimming is prohibited in Lake Kedron, but allowed in Lake Peachtree, so residents are being advised to swim during daylight hours only.

Other alligator safety tips provided by the city include:
• Do not feed alligators, and don’t leave bait or fishing debris in the open because it can attract alligators;
• Keep a close eye on children near bodies of water; watch them closely at all times;
• Also be cautious with pets, and don’t let your dog swim in waters where alligators might be. Also keep pets away from the shores of lakes and out of dense undergrowth along the paths and in yards. These areas can harbor snakes and other animals dangerous to your pet;
• Don’t panic: even in Florida, the alligator capital of the United States, a person has a higher chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked by an alligator.

Though the alligator would be quite a ways from its normal habitat, another alligator report was recently confirmed in a lake on the far southern end of Fayette County this week. So an alligator taking up residence in Lake Kedron is not that far-fetched a possibility.

There was speculation that the south Fayette gator may have come from the nearby Line Creek.

For more information on wildlife in Georgia, including alligators, please visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management page at www.georgiawildlife.com/education/educator-resources.

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Well, I've been to Alabama, people - ain't a whole lot to see
Skynyrd says it's a real sweet home, but it ain't nothin' to me
Charlie Daniels will tell you the good Lord lives in Tennessee
I'm goin' back to the Gator Country where the wine and the women are free

There's a gator in the bushes, he's calling my name (and he says...)
Come on, boy, you better make it back home, again
Many roads I've travelled - they all kinda look the same
There's a gator in the bushes, Lord, he's calling my name

Old Richard Betts will tell you, Lord, he was born a Ramblin' Man
Well, he can ramble on back to Georgia and I won't give a damn
Elvin Bishop out struttin' his stuff with little Miss Slick Titty Boom
I'm goin' back to the Gator Country and get me some elbow room

There's a gator in the bushes, he's calling my name (and he says...)
Come on, boy, you better make it back home, again
Many roads I've travelled - they all kinda look the same
There's a gator in the bushes, Lord, he's calling my name

There's Marshall Tucker ridin' the rainbow, searchin' for a pot of gold
They can take the highway, baby - take all they can hold
The Outlaws down in Tampa town is a mighty fine place to be
They got green grass and they got high tides, and it sure looks good to me

There's a gator in the bushes, he's calling my name (and he says...)
Come on, boy, you better make it back home, again
Many roads I've travelled - they all kinda look the same
There's a gator in the bushes, Lord, he's calling my name

Oh, Gator Country
Little of that chomp, chomp

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People think gators are slow. lumbering things and they often appear this way but believe me they can be very, very fast when they are after a quarry. Dogs, cats and other small objects look like food to them and they are doing what comes naturally. Also, if these are gators people are spotting, no one knows how hungry they are. Be very aware and be very careful. They are dangerous and do not like to be teased.

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The kind from GA especially.

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