NEWCOMERSTOWN -- "I caught it on my fishing pole," said Newcomerstown resident Shawn Parks about catching a two-foot long alligator in the Tuscarawas River. "I used just a fishing hook and chicken liver.
"I held it about three to four feet above the water and walked it to the nearby bank where it was put in something to be taken away by the police. It took me about 15 to 20 minutes after I hooked it with my fishing pole to get it up out of the logs and walk it to the nearby bank," he said.
An alligator was first spotted in the Tuscarawas River almost two weeks ago sunning itself atop a log.
An average adult American alligator's weight and length is 800 pounds and 13 feet long, but they can grow to 14 1/2 feet long and weigh over 1,000 pounds.
The alligator is notorious for its bone crushing bite, which raises another safety concern as numerous individuals have reportedly approached the area by boat and wading in the river to see it.
According to unconfirmed reports, the alligator escaped from a nearby property when a utility worker entered the yard through a gate, allowing the 'gator to slip away.
It was reportedly one of three alligators that live or lived at the home.
Individuals have reported seeing a second alligator, approximately two feet in length, in the same area of the Tuscarawas River.
As far as the captured alligator, it will taken to the Arrowhead Reptile Rescue Center near Cincinnati.
"I am just glad this one is out of the river so now that if there is less problems and less chance someone will get hurt," Parks said.
(Rick Stillion contributed to this story.)