Reptile in Seacoast river was probably released by unpermitted owner
Newmarket Officer Wayne Stevens holds the alligator shortly after its capture Friday night. (COURTESY)
Police responded around 8 p.m. Friday after a Newmarket Mills apartment resident spotted the alligator climbing onto the river bank. Eventually, police officer Wayne Stevens and James Benvenuti, a conservation officer with New Hampshire Fish and Game, used a dog noose to pull the alligator from an area near the dam behind the Main Street apartment complex.
"There's definitely no cause for alarm," Benvenuti said, adding: "These animals deserve respect."
He said Fish and Game receives "less than one" report of alligators in the state each year and there has never been a report of an injury.
"She's real friendly and doesn't bite," McCurley said, adding the alligator shows signs of scarring where someone wrapped tape around its snout in the past.
"Everyone's fascinated by alligators," McCurley said. "They're either afraid of them or they love them."
Alligators released into the wild perish when water temperatures drop below 40 degrees, he said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Newmarket police at 659-6636 or call Fish & Game's Game Thief Hotline at (800) 344-4262.
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