Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies responding to a tip found an alligator that was being kept in a shed in a rural area south of Portland.
Sgt. Robert Wurpes says that although the person who lived at the Mulino property had moved, a relative had been returning to care for the 4-foot-long alligator named Wally. The sergeant says the gator is healthy and estimated to be 12 to 14 years old.
The problem: Wurpes says owning alligators is prohibited in Oregon without a special permit and no permit had been issued for Wally.
The sheriff’s office enlisted the help of reptile specialist Richard Richey on Monday to remove and properly care for the alligator.