Possible Western Alligator sighting KY


Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. The iconic movie line that goes, “Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water” is from Jaws and references sharks and the OCEAN.

Well, with a nod to author Peter Benchley, who wrote it, I think we can now use it to describe some waters in Kentucky – the “waters” found at Mike Miller County Park in the county by Marshall.

You know, this weekend when we drove past Mike Miller County Park, I had no idea we might have been very close to an ALLIGATOR. Then again, why would ANYONE think that in Kentucky? It’s time to update the kinds of things I expect from the Bluegrass State.

Well, sort of.

This isn’t the first time an alligator has been spotted in Kentucky. In 2018, one was spotted in a Ballard County swamp.

But it’s not like you’re super busy if you’re planning an alligator-focused excursion in Kentucky; they’re not supposed to be here. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has a long list of common reptiles in Kentucky, and alligators are not one of them.

But that’s just it; this particular “sighting” has yet to be confirmed by KDFWR. So there will be patrols in place to monitor the situation, and people are asked to report an alligator as soon as they see one. But as there is a precedent, the situation must be taken seriously and an advisory has been issued.

It looks like if alligators are going to be spotted in Kentucky, it’s apparently in southwestern Kentucky – near the lakes – where they’ll be hanging out. In 2021, KDFWR seized two alligators from a home in McCracken County, which is mostly Paducah. They were five feet long and were handed over to authorities.

No, we don’t want alligators in Kentucky, but since reptiles live here, I needed to know why alligators can’t survive here. Through RealTree.com I learned that since they spend more time in water than native Kentucky reptiles, they cannot last long in the Commonwealth because they cannot survive in water less than 40 degrees.

Again, fine with me.

The only alligator I’m interested in in Kentucky usually comes out of a smoker.

[SOURCE: WZTV-Nashville]

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