‘Make sure your children stay away’: Large alligator spotted in Georgia pond

MACON COUNTY, Ga. — Police are warning families to stay away from a pond after reports of a large alligator.

The Montezuma Police Department posted on Facebook officers were dispatched to the Washington Street area near Cole Pond in reference to an alligator. Montezuma is in Macon County.

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People responding to the post insisted they’ve seen larger alligators in the pond.

Montezuma Police asked the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to check the pond.

It is the most recent alligator sighting in Georgia. In March, we reported on a grisly experiment at the Okefenokee Swamp.


Biologists with the UGA Coastal Ecology lab set up a camera next to a carcass and captured a “monster” alligator on camera.

There are approximately 200,000 to 250,000 alligators in Georgia, according to the DNR.

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Alligators typically live south of the fall line which roughly traverses the cities of Columbus, Macon and Augusta.

Any alligators found above the fall line were likely relocated there by humans.

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