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Gator crossing: Alligator spotted near Eagle Mountain Lake

A roughly 4-foot alligator took a leisurely stroll this week near Eagle Mountain Lake, holding up traffic for some motorists.

Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control owner Randall Kennedy snapped a few photos of a gator crossing Wells Burnett Road along the lake dam Monday evening. Photos show the alligator walking across two lanes of traffic on the dam with at least five cars waiting for it.

Kennedy guessed the gator was coming from the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge on the northern end of Lake Worth. A number of alligators call that area home. A 12-footer was removed from Lake Worth in 2016.

Spring is a common time to see alligators on the move, and some have been spotted in the Trinity River, Kennedy said.

“Before it gets too blazing hot they’ll roam a lot,” he said.

He advised those who spot a gator to use caution and said people should avoid streams or brushy areas —where alligators tend to hangout — near Lake Worth. Many people are unaware alligators live in the DFW area, he said.

“Get pictures, report it, but leave it alone,” Kennedy said.

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Luke Ranker covers the intersection of people and government focused on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He came to Texas from the plains of Kansas, where he wrote about a lot, including government, crime and courts in Topeka. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or lranker@star-telegram.com.
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