Indiana DNR investigating alligator sightings in Indianapolis

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It's not every day that you hear about an alligator in Indianapolis - unless it's at the zoo - but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is investigating three reports of an alligator sighting.

Indiana Conservation Officers say they've had a report of an alligator sighting at a retention pond near 3500 DePauw Blvd. in Indianapolis.

The first report was taken June 7, 2013 in the afternoon from an employee at the Pyramids. That's on the city's north side. Two other sightings have been reported since then.

Indiana Conservation Officers are working with the Cassidy Turley's Property Management team, Hoosier Wildlife Care and A&T Wildlife Management Services to confirm if the reports are true.

Reports of the alligator state it is approximately four to six feet long.

DNR says an alligator of this size "does not pose any significant risk to public or pets."

Alligators are legal to possess in Indiana, and permits are required through the Department of Natural Resources if they are five feet in length or larger.

If you see or think you see an alligator, stay away from it and report it to Indiana Conservation Officers, Law Enforcement Division at 812-837-9536.