Area Closure to Protect Alligator

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Date: March 15, 2016
Contact: Ardrianna McLane, 678-538-1241
Contact: Deanna Greco, Acting Superintendent, 678-538-1321

National Park Service biologists and management will close a section of Cochran Shoals Fitness Trail today to protect alligator

Sandy Springs, GA– In a continuing effort to promote the protection of both visitors and wildlife, a short section of the Cochran Shoals Fitness Loop of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will be closed to all access until further notice. In order to minimize disturbance of an adult alligator frequenting the wetland abutting the trail, a closure is needed.

Due to recent interactions with the alligator that pose a risk to public safety and wildlife health, the Cochran Shoals Fitness Loop, located in the Cochran Shoals unit of the park, will be closed to all access today until further notice. This temporary closure will provide added protection for the alligator and the visiting public while the National Park Service and Georgia Department of Natural Resources develop a range of next steps to ensure the long-term protection of the alligator and promote visitor safety.

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Last updated: March 15, 2016

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