Alligator found in Clackamas County

Wally the Oregon alligator
Wally greets law enforcement at a rural Clackamas County property. April 8, 2013 (Courtesy of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — An alligator being kept in a shed in rural Oregon greeted law enforcement Monday afternoon.

This happened around 4 p.m. Monday, April 8.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office reports its deputies were responding to “an anonymous tip.” They say the alligator was being kept in a shed off South Marshall Road in Mulino, Ore.

The Sheriff’s Office enlisted the help of Richard Richey of NW Herpetological Society. They say the gator is healthy and shows evidence of being cared for. He reportedly goes by the name “Wally.”

“Owning alligators is prohibited in Oregon without a special permit,” according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. “No permit was issued to allow the ownership of Wally.”

Indeed, in Oregon it is unlawful for a person to possess most any exotic animal without a permit from the Department of Agriculture. Importing of crocodillians also is prohibited.

However, the sheriff’s office reports that no charges are being filed against the animal’s owner “at this time.”

Wally is 4 feet long. He’s estimated to be 12 to 14 years old.

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