UPDATE, JUNE 1– TWRA Region 1 Manager Alan Peterson commented today on the suddenly famous alligator in Indian Creek.
“Make no mistake – alligators are protected species in the state of Tennessee. Anyone who harms or kills an alligator in this state is subject to arrest, fines, court costs and jail time,” Peterson said.
MAY 31– There are no sharks in Pickwick Lake, but according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, there is definitely an alligator in Indian Creek.
TWRA Agent Ray Garton said today that the American alligator he spotted last week in the Hardin County creek is no more than 3-1/2 feet long.
“It’s not big enough to hurt anything,” he said.
Garton said authorities received information in January about an alligator that was being kept illegally as a pet, and that may be the one now lurking in Indian Creek west of Tenn. 128.