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Alligator spotted in popular Jupiter park

Posted at 6:56 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 19:28:57-05

A local mother is looking to warn other parents about an alligator lurking around a Jupiter Park.

For Sarah Nomikos Indian Creek Park in Jupiter is a place she likes to bring her daughter to play. But when she comes here she doesn't let her go to far.

"I mean you always have to have your radar up," Nomikos said. 

That's because the playground is just a few steps away from this pond.

Just last week, a concerned mom posted this picture to Facebook to warn other parents that an alligator was swimming close to land.

"Obviously I'm not going to let her run around by herself," Nomikos said.

But Chase Ardelene says alligators at Indian Creek Park isn't anything new.

"I was an alligator trapper with Florida Fish and Wildlife for 6 years and I have been in this area a lot," he said.

Ardelene was at the park playing with his child, Monday. He says the sighting is something parents should take seriously.

"Gators are a scary thought when it comes to little kids because they can be there and you won't even know they're there," he said. 

WPTV spoke with the mom who took pictures of the alligator in the pond. She said she reported the sighting to the town.

A spokesperson with the Town of Jupiter says they were unaware of the situation, but do investigate all reports of gator sightings. 

She also said you can't contact Florida Fish and Wildlife directly to get faster results.

The Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program hotline is 866-392-4286.