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Alligator caught in Ohio city

HAMILTON, Ohio - Police in this southwest Ohio got their gator.

Hamilton Police Sgt. Craig Bucheit captured a 3 1/2-foot alligator spotted by a fisherman on Saturday near the Great Miami River. The officer used a snare police typically use to catch dogs to take the reptile into custody.

The gator was turned over to a wildlife rescue group.

Alligators are usually found in bodies of water in the southern United States, but occasionally turn up in northern states - sometimes after being turned loose by exotic pet owners. And it's not known how this alligator wound up in Ohio.

Bucheit says he learned a lot in police academy, but nothing about "gator wrangling."