On May 25, 2023, an alligator was reported in a yard in the 900 block of East Cantrell, Decatur. Animal Control Wardens responded and located a reptile approximately 3 1⁄2’ long. It is unclear if the reptile is an alligator or a caiman. Such an animal does not fall under the purview of Animal Control. However, given the specific circumstances the reptile was captured and temporarily held for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). IDNR is expected to come and take possession of the reptile today.
It is unclear how the animal, who is not native to this area, came to be where it was. There were no apparent injuries or abnormalities on the reptile.