Silver Residents Call Sammy Swamp Gator "Scary"

Silver residents tell News19 there's a gator in Sammy Swamp and they want it removed immediately.

Just outside Silver, Sammy Swamp has a new resident.

"We went over there to the water and the alligator was there," Anthony Briggs said.

Briggs lives right around the corner from the swamp and after he spotted the unwelcomed guest, he let a church member know.

Azalee Williams-Kinard was surprised to say the least.

"There really is an alligator in Sammy Swamp," Williams-Kinard said. "And sure enough, it was sunning itself right there."

Williams-Kinard took a picture last week. She believes this gator is about 6' long and afraid it will roam her neighborhood.

But, instead of people looking to get rid of it she said it's an attraction.

"I see people just stopping like it's a zoo. It's not a zoo, this is scary," she said.

And it doesn't look like anyone will be saying, 'See you later alligator' for a while.

"Everyday I come, I walk this way, and the alligator is still there," Briggs said.

Briggs and Williams-Kinard are worried for the safety of the surrounding community and want the authorities to catch the gator.

"Alligators don't stay put, they travel to people's houses," she said.

"You got people in the community, too, you never know which way that thing might go," he said.

Briggs says he's called DNR and they told him there was nothing they could do.

News19 also tried contacting DNR but was not able to get an answer.


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