Posted at: 03/21/2013 9:49 PM
Updated at: 03/22/2013 10:37 AM
By: Tim Sherno
The frozen remains of an alligator were found on Marion Lake near Lakeville.
17-year-old John Anton says he was on the frozen lake with his father when he spotted something in the snow.
"From a distance, I thought it was a fish," he said.
Anton says as he approached the object, he realized it wasn't a fish at all.
"At first, I thought it was carved out of wood or something because who would think alligator in Minnesota."
DNR Enforcement Officer, Capt. Greg Salo says reports of alligators on Minnesota lakes are rare, but not unheard of. "Every year we get one or two of these calls, people finding alligators."
According to Capt. Salo, most alligators come from the same source, "Typically we find people have them as pets, and then they grow too large to be kept in doors anymore and they think they'll survive when they release them in Minnesota, and they don't survive."
In fact, Capt.Salo says anyone who releases an alligator in the state could face charges, "Releasing any non-native species into the wild in Minnesota is illegal."
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