Campus Alligators

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) -- If the third time is a charm, Whitewater police hope they're done finding alligators kept by college students in their rented quarters.

In the latest incident, officers acting on a tip found a student was sharing his apartment with a three-foot alligator.

Police Chief James Coan says the student was ordered to find another home for the reptile, because it violates a city ordinance against keeping dangerous animals, including alligators and certain snakes.

The city passed the ordinance two years ago, after police on a drug-related search found a four-foot alligator in a fraternity house. Last year, a 19-year-old student had to be treated after being bitten on the finger by an alligator at the apartment of friends.

The chief says in each case, the owner was ordered to remove the alligator from the city but NOT to release it in the wild.


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