|The Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, Georgia
Recently, he appeared on a trail near some townhomes in the area and authorities closed the trail he was on. He wasn't causing any problems, but some locals were throwing rocks at him. Apparently, they forget that there is one thing worse than having an alligator in the river: having a pissed off alligator in the river. Here is the story from Fox 5 in Atlanta:
Alligator Forces Closure of Popular Trail
If you'd like to see some great photos of the Atlanta Alligator, simply check out this story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC):
Chattahoochee River Alligator Spotted in Cobb County
The National Park Service has had signs up about the Alligator for the past few years. They are operating under the assumption that he is a "pet" that someone released. However, I think a pet would associate humans with food. This alligator has generally been following his instincts to stay away from people. I guess the park service is too polite to mention drunken rednecks. I prefer to think that this alligator simply had an enterprising spirit and wanted to do business in Atlanta so he swam all the way up the river.
Now, there is an update to this story. The Alligator of Atlanta was recently captured. As is typical and trendy in the news now-a-days, the "he" actually turned out to be a "she!" There was no way to tell since it never showed up at Target and self-identified. You can read the story of her capture here:
'Hooch Gator is Trapped!"
Reports say that she has been released somewhere in South, Georgia. She is probably upset that she no longer has easy access to Starbucks or a Barnes & Noble.