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Alligator in pond has neighbors concerned

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Another gator is on the loose. This time a real one in a Monkey Junction neighborhood.

Residents say they have not seen the four-foot alligator lately, but they do have concerns. Kids like to fish and feed the ducks at the pond in the Archmill Place Community. Elizabeth Pettet thinks some neighbors captured the gator and dumped it in the pond several months ago.

"My concern is that it's going to harm a child or an animal you know, go on my porch, come on my yard, where I can't see him," Pettet said. "He's been in my driveway, he's been in my ditch, and right now we don't know exactly where he's at, and he's over four feet long, you know."

Signs were put up around the lake yesterday, warning people about the alligator and prohibiting them from swimming, fishing, or trespassing at the pond. Residents say the owner of the pond refuses to pay to have the alligator removed.

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