New Jersey wildlife and law enforcement officers encountered something quite unexpected in the Passaic River yesterday: a four-foot-long alligator.

According to officials, it was first spotted by in the water by a local fisherman. The fisherman alerted the authorities and a search began for the invasive creature.

It took nearly two hours of searching before they were able to track down and capture the alligator. According to Elmwood Park Police Chief Mike Foligno, “it was probably someone’s pet that got too big so they released it into the wild”.

This is the second time since April an alligator was captured by New Jersey authorities. You can learn more about the most recent capture in the video below.

Image screenshot of video by NBC New York

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