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Trap being set to capture Beaver Run Reservoir alligator

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Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

The hunt for the Beaver Run Reservoir alligator is on.

Representatives of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County met on Tuesday morning at the authority's New Stanton offices to review plans for catching the creature.

According to the authority, zoo representatives are touring the reservoir looking for signs of the alligator and deciding on the best area to place a live trap.

Henry Kacprzyk, the zoo's reptile curator, could not be reached for comment.

The alligator is believed to be a discarded pet, and no more than 5 feet long.

The authority chose to allow a capture attempt after a public outcry was sparked by the authority's initial decision to let it live in the lake until cold weather kills it.

The trap, specifically a box trap, will be set up this week, authority spokeswoman Gina Cerilli said.

There is no estimate on how long it may take to capture the alligator.

Cerilli did not say if the alligator or any signs of it were seen. Kacprzyk said earlier that he would focus his search on areas of the reservoir where it had been seen.

"Both sides are confident and they share the same goal of catching the alligator in the quickest and safest way possible," Cerilli said.

The alligator will be housed at the Pittsburgh Zoo temporarily if and when it is caught.

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