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Mad River Sasquatch Study Group

Ohio's    Alligators

Alligators?? In Ohio?? It's true! Over the course of the last few years several, not one or two, but several American Alligators have been found in the Miami Valley of Ohio. So many in fact that they no longer receive attention from the media. They have been found in Greene, Montgomery, and Miami Counties. Most have been pulled from The great and Little Miami Rivers. It began in 2000, when a man on a fall canoe trip pulled a 6 foot Alligator from the cold Autumn waters of the Little Miami River. He took the Alligator home, kept it in his bathtub and alerted authorities who in turn called the Cincinnati Zoo. Much to the dismay of the individual who found the Gator, the Zoo refused to take the creature off his hands. In 2001, there were scattered reports of Alligator sightings in the same River systems, however none were verified, and no captures took place that we know off. In 2002, once again Alligators made headlines in the Miami Valley. 17....that's right 17 American Alligators were caught in or near the Great and Little Miami Rivers. They ranged in size from 1 to 6 feet. In downtown Dayton a 6 foot Alligator was caught basking in the Sun. In Miami County, a motorist got the surprise of their life when a 6 foot Gator walked from a cornfield and was struck by thier vehicle. UPDATE! While this section was created in 2002, Alligators have been continuing to "pop" up in the Miami Valley. So much so that they rarely get attention from the Media anymore. In the Spring of 2011 a 6 foot Alligator was found in the cool waters of The Mad River in Champaign County and has become a "resident" at a local Fish Hatchery.

Our group made several canoe trips on both rivers hoping to find and photograph an Alligator. As luck would have it, we found them to be as elusive as Bigfoot. So we set out to answer the question, Where did they come from? Discarded pets. For some unknown reason, people within the Miami Valley seem to have a notion for exotic pets. In 2001 several counties, including Montgomery, passed new laws making ownership of such pets illegal. It is our guess many people simply got scared and dumped their Alligators into the local rivers. The interesting thing is, the water temperature of the Mad, Great, and Little Miami Rivers. If you have ever splashed around in these rivers then you know, that even on the hottest of days, the water temperature rarely exceeds 65 degrees. It is amazing that Alligators were able to survive in this climate. There have been fewer reports of Gators in the Great and Little Miami Rivers past 2003, where there is only one report of a Gator being found. It was around 2 feet in length and was found on the Banks of the Great Miami River near Troy. However, there are now reports coming from the Mad River Corridor. Perhaps this strange twist in Ohio's wildlife has run the bulk of it's course, but I bet the next time you go for a canoe ride down one of the scenic rivers, you'll be a bit more wary of what is splashing around in the water!

   A    Warning    About    Rabies

Along with the return of various wildlife in the Ohio Valley, Rabies has also made a big comeback. In several counties many different types of animals have been found with the disease. Bats and Racoons seem to be the most commonly found animals to carry the disease. But with the population explosion of Coyote in the Ohio Valley, the danger of the disease spreading is a common fear among Wildlife Officers. So when you are out in the woods or even your back yard and you see an animal acting strange, steer clear of it and notify authorities. Always remember that encounters with wildlife are almost always an accident. Most Wild Animals will avoid Humans at all costs, when they don't, it's time for concern. Racoons walking around in your backyard in the middle of the day is a sure sign something is wrong. Never approach an animal in the wild for any reason!

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