STATHAM, Ga. -- An alligator has found an unlikely, North Georgia home deep in the heart of University of Georgia Bulldog territory: in a small lake in Statham, just down the road from UGA. And the police chief wants everyone to be aware that it's there.
Chief Steve Martin told 11Alive News Thursday that last month a resident reported seeing an alligator -- not necessarily a University of Florida Gator -- in the small lake off of Providence Road.
Since then, he said, there have been at least two additional sightings, each by a Statham police officer.
Chief Martin is spreading the word, as a precaution, and has asked the Barrow County Sheriff's Office to let everyone know, as well.
According to Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, the alligator population in Georgia is about 200,000, and Georgia gators typically live in South Georgia.