Illinois Conservation Police have begun an investigation into the discovery of an alligator at a Peoria home.
Conservation Police, Peoria Police and Peoria County Animal Protection Services responded to 2531 NE Monroe Thursday afternoon after receiving an anonymous tip.
The tip indicated a resident was in possession of an alligator measuring five feet long and was intending to release the reptile into the Illinois River.
The resident carried the alligator out of the house when authorities arrived and placed the alligator in a PCAPS containment vehicle. The resident stated the alligator is about ten years old.
State officials say the resident did not possess proper permits to keep the animal as required by the Herptiles-Herps Act.
No citations have issued so far during the investigation.
According to the Illinois Herptiles-Herps Act:
1) It is unlawful to intentionally or negligently release any non-indigenous herptile (reptiles and amphibians) species into this state.
2) Special use permit is required for the use of crocodilian species (crocodiles and alligators) for bona fide educational programs.
3) Facilities used to house these animals must be inspected and approved.
4) Crocodilians shall not be bred, sold or offered for sale within this state.