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Alligator sightings close Upper Lake; Harvester contracted to remove

PALESTINE, May 16, 2014—Upper Lake in Palestine is temporarily closed after multiple citizens called to report seeing an alligator.

According to Palestine Parks and Recreation Department’s Roy Crouch, the lake was closed on April 30 after PRD staff verified the sightings. Palestine PRD then made contact with Texas Parks and Wildlife who explained the specific protocol which must be followed when removing the animal. Palestine PRD was also given a list of harvesters they could hire to do the job.

Crouch says Palestine PRD has hired a Harvester from Rusk. He is currently studying the area and the animal’s behavior, looking for patterns and possible nesting sites. Once the alligator has been removed, citizens will be notified and the lake will be reopened.

“I don’t think it’s going to take us much longer,” said Crouch. “We’re hoping here just real soon we can get that area back open to the public.”

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