A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer shot and killed a nearly 3-foot-long alligator in Goose Lake Monday and at least one more could be lurking.
The Star Tribune reports two boys fishing over the weekend at the New Scandia, Minn. lake, adjacent to White Bear Lake, were surprised by the reptile when it emerged from the lily pads.
The anglers were bass fishing and using live frogs as bait. The DNR suspects the alligator was probably hungry.
“It’s not uncommon for us to find alligators in ponds but they usually starve,” Capt. Greg Salo told the newspaper. "They would never survive the winter here. This isn’t the Florida Everglades.”
Salo says a second alligator and a possible third remain in Goose Lake, the Star Tribune reported.
The owner of the animals, Will St. Sauver, told FOX 9 that the alligators, named Bonnie and Clyde, were stolen from his property and released into the lake. He's trying to find Bonnie, before she ends up dead like Clyde.
WCCO says a team from the DNR will return to the lake Thursday afternoon to search as well.