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    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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Alligator Spotted in Chattahoochee River

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Date: June 14, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) -- Metro Atlanta got a rare visitor Tuesday, at least one alligator hanging out in the Chattahoochee River.

Wildlife officials say the gator was spotted near an overpass of I-285, the interstate that circles Atlanta.

Steve Reynolds of the National Park Service said it's unusual for an alligator to show up because Atlanta is too cold for them to survive year-round.

The state Department of Natural Resources is helping capture the gator, which was estimated at six to eight feet, and a smaller one whose sighting hadn't been confirmed.

Officials hope to determine how the gators got there and whether someone had dumped them.

The alligators were sighted around Powers Island, a popular trail and canoe launch area within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. 

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

Hewlett Lodge was once the Summer home of Georgia Superior Court Justice Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930s, using timber from the near the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete. Today it is home to the Island Ford Visitor Center.