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Alligator concerns Lawrenceville neighborhood

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Wildlife officials say they can't do anything about an alligator that has moved into a Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Neighbors in the neighborhood first spotted the alligator several years ago. They say it's growing.

Muhammad Kabir says that the 3-foot long alligator has been crawling underneath his fence to sun in his backyard.  Kabir said that he's concerned the gator could harm his two children.

"The biggest fear is my 9-year old son who comes to the backyard often," Kabir said.

Kabir is also worried about the neighborhood kids who play around the lake. He's called 911, animal control and the Department of Natural Resources.

DNR officers told FOX 5 that they looked at the gator last year, but since it was under four feet long, they recommended the homeowners association hire a private trapper to take it away.

"But so far, no one has done anything to get rid of this," said Kabir.

Kabir said that the homeowner's association has promised to send someone out to trap the gator in the next few days. Some neighbors said that they've heard that before, and hope this time that it happens.

"I'm appalled; I can't believe the association has basically tricked us. Because they told us they took care of it last year, we heard nothing else about it," said Robyn Higgs.

The homeowners association says it did hire a trapper, but the people they hired didn't catch the gator.

DNR officials said that the neighborhood isn't a natural habitat for gators and that it was likely someone's pet before they set it free in the lake.

The trapper from Southeastern Reptile Rescue says the gator will never be released into the wild since it was fed by people. Instead, it will remain in captivity for education.

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