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Dead 4-foot-long alligator found in New Jersey park

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The four-foot long alligator was found Tuesday morning in Weequahic Park. (Essex County Sheriff's Office)

The four-foot long alligator was found Tuesday morning in Weequahic Park. (Essex County Sheriff’s Office)

NEWARK, N.J. — A dead 4-foot-long alligator has been found in a park in northern New Jersey.

The county sheriff’s office says it removed the dead animal from Newark’s Weequahic Park after a jogger spotted the reptile around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

NJ.com reports Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a statement that officials believe the alligator was a pet.

The remains were turned over to the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey.