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article imageReggie the Alligator Spotted Again in Los Angeles Area Lake

By myobservations     May 1, 2007 in Crime
Reggie the Alligator has resurfaced at Lake Machado, located in the Los Angeles area. Reggie had not been seen by his loyal fans for the past 18 months. His spotting, while taking a leisurely cruise through the lake has caused a wave excitement.
Workers have erected safety barriers around the lake and park rangers have been deployed to ensure that visitors maintain a safe distance from the lake. I think the city's quick response to the alligator siting is very appropriate, because we Angelinos are known to exhibit poor self-management skills while interacting with our alligator friends.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn commented,
"He showed himself for a couple of hours. I don't think any of us thought he was dead. I guess we'll have to call the gator-wrangling teams back."
Back in mid-2005, and under the cover of darkness, Reggie is believed to have been donated (dumped) into Lake Machado by his owner, who suddenly realized he was getting to big to keep in his lovely back yard pond (how considerate of him). Ex-Los Angeles police officer Todd Natow and an accomplice friend, Anthony Brewer were arrested for dumping Reggie after investigators received an anonymous tip.
Since the now famous "Dumping of Reggie", professional alligator hunters from Florida and Louisiana have unsuccessfully tried to catch him.
Reggie lovers are hopeful that he remains in view. It is estimated that he has now grown to 7 feet in length. It is reported that the city has spent in excess of $180,000 in public safety costs since Reggie was originally spotted. City officials are optimistic that Reggie will be retrieved from the lake in the near future..
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