Thursday Afternoon, the Manistee Police Department responded to a report of an alligator on the loose nearby the United Methodist Church on 1st St.
Manistee City Police Officer Jeff Pefley arrived on scene and confirmed it was a small alligator in the bushes. He was able to make contact with a nearby resident known to have exotic animals who confirmed he was the alligators owner. Together they were able to recover the alligator from the bushes without injury to it or themselves. This incident is being investigated for potential ordinance violation.