UPDATE: TPWD believes gator spotted in Brazos River is same animal encountered by city crews in September

More Wacoans spotting alligator in the Brazos River
(Shelbi Todaro)
Published: Nov. 19, 2023 at 3:02 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2023 at 3:10 PM CST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - More Wacoans are spotting an alligator in the Brazos River and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife told KWTX it believes that animal is the same one spotted by municipal workers in September.

Staff believes it is the same alligator based on size and location. “It is exhibiting normal alligator foraging behavior, and we will continue to monitor its location. TPWD does not currently see a need for removal as long as the public steers clear of the alligator and does not harass or feed it,” the agency wrote in an email to KWTX.

Two residents posted their encounters with the alligator on Facebook over the weekend.

One resident, Jaci Mendoza, says she was feeding ducks with her kids when they spotted the alligator.

(Jaci Mendoza)

In the Facebook post, she says they saw one of the ducks get pulled underwater and later resurface, escaping the jaws of the alligator.

The second resident, Shelbi Todaro, said in her post that the alligator was “just chillin,” until it spotted a turtle.

(Shelbi Todaro)

On Sept. 26, another alligator sighting was reported in the Brazos River by crews with the City of Waco Parks and Recreation Department.

Cameron Park Zoo Specialist Gordon Henley says the alligator was most likely “released by humans into that area [rather] than it finding its way there naturally.”

Texas Parks and Wildlife has asked that any photos of any alligator from this area be submitted to kyle.melton@tpwd.texas.gov.

Officials recommend residents do not disturb an alligator if they stumble across one.