National Park Service officials closed down a short section of Cochran Shoals Fitness Loop in Sandy Springs to keep visitors – and an alligator – safe.

“In a effort to promote the protection of both visitors and wildlife, a short section of the Cochran Shoals Fitness Loop will be closed to all access until further notice. This temporary closure will provide protection for park visitors and alligator,” states a notice on the NPS website.

The alligator, who has lived on the Chattahoochee for some time, was recently spotted for the first time in several years, according to CBS 46 News.

Wildlife photographer Victor Webb snapped the photos of the famous gator last week.

CBS46 News

One reply on “Sandy Springs trail closed due to alligator”

  1. An alligator in Sandy Springs??Some stories are so true that no one could possibly make them up. Don’t feed him, keep small pets and children away, know that if he charges he can only do so in a straight line. A six footer can be deadly, an adult male’s lower jaw has a jeep size bite of over 3000 PSI, and these amazing creatures can live to be sixty years old. Use a little common sense, show a little respect, and an alligator will be no more dangerous than you allow it to be.–Tom Reilly, National Wildlife Federation

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