A caiman caught by two anglers on the Mon River Friday
WV DNR
A caiman caught by two anglers on the Mon River Friday

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Typically the only time West Virginians encounter an alligator is during a vacation down south. However, the Division of Natural Resources Police were getting repeated calls in recent days about the siting of one in Marion County.

Callers were claiming to have seen the large reptile in the Monongahela River between Fairmont and Rivesville.

Natural Resources Police learned the stories were true, but two local fishermen who were not identified took care of the problem. The two men hauled in what is now believed to be a caiman Friday morning. The caiman is a member of the alligator family.

They provided the DNR with photos of the beast. Officers say the men say they plan to eat the reptile.

Natural Resources officials occasionally are called to deal with caimen which are not native, but are often kept as pets and then released or escape. It’s unlikely the reptile would survive a West Virginia winter.

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  • wow

    No mountain lions, why are they listed as no hunting season animal in the hunting regulations book? I don't see Tigers, Hippos or Camels on that list, you know why? Because we don't have any here!!!

    • Larry

      Or do we............?

      • 2XLPatriot

        Hovater's Zoo in Kingwood has Tigers and Camels but, I bet they would get pi$$ed if someone were to hunt them.

  • Spell Checker

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  • Recil

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  • Ethan Freeman

    "Tim C

    Judging by the size of it, it has already survived a couple of West Virginia winters. They are cold blooded and live over 100 years don't they? I think it can adapt rather easily to the cold weather."

    He is serious that's the sad part... Somebody please delete that so we all don't labeled. Poor guy help him out for the love of God strike that last comment for the sake of WV.

  • Tim C

    Judging by the size of it, it has already survived a couple of West Virginia winters. They are cold blooded and live over 100 years don't they? I think it can adapt rather easily to the cold weather.

  • Johnny

    Not gonna happen. Remember they don't exist in wv.

    • Bondo

      Mountain Lion ran over on I79 last week. Near Charleston.

      • Larry

        Yep, Grizzly bear struck by bicycle in Webster Co. yesterday.

  • thornton

    Now if someone could only catch that pesky mountain lion one always hears about.

    • Larry

      Yeah, my cousins uncles brother in laws nephews buddy saw a mountain lion, no question, it was real. The DNR dropped it out of a helicopter to help the rattlesnakes eat the turkeys that were becoming overpopulated.

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