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Alligator surprises boys fishing on Minnesota lake

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

SCANDIA, Minn. (AP) — An enforcement officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has shot and killed an alligator in an east metro lake, but another alligator remains on the loose.

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The gator surprised two boys fishing in a Washington County lake. The alligator, hungry for live frogs the boys fishing Goose Lake used as bait, emerged suddenly out of the lily pads.

Officer Scott Arntzen killed the alligator with a shotgun blast to the head from a boat and watched it sink. The 3-foot-long gator wasn't considered dangerous, but Arntzen says alligators don't belong in Minnesota lakes and have no business alarming anglers.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/17oX1Dp) reports a second alligator suspected of lurking in the same lake Thursday could not be found.

Authorities say both alligators belong to a Scandia resident.

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