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ODNR officer checks out report of alligator in Sandusky River

TIFFIN, Ohio — The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said that despite two separate eyewitness reports of a five- to six-foot alligator swimming up to Sandusky River kayakers, the sightings have not been confirmed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as of yet. 

The sheriff’s office posted a river warning for between the Route 224 and Ella Street bridges Friday afternoon as a “precautionary public service warning.”

“Two separate eyesighting reports were given to the ODNR of a possible 5-6 foot alligator seen swimming up to kayakers between the bridge on 224 and the Ella Street Bridge…we contacted the ODNR officer assigned to our county and they have been out checking since yesterday (Thursday) evening but have not confirmed for themselves the validity of sightings as of yet. With this holiday weekend coming up and the warmer weather, this just a precautionary public service warning,” the post read. 

To report a wildlife sighting, contact 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) (Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or contact your local wildlife officer at the link found here.

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