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Dear editor, 

I saw your article on the alligator killed in the Ranch Club. Aren’t authorities called to catch wild animals and release them in a safe place?  

Mr. Adams knew weeks ago about the whereabouts of the gator. The Department of Natural Resources should have been called.  Thanks for listening.   

–Jean  

Editor’s Note: Amid criticism and questions over the legality of the killing of the alligator in Chesapeake Ranch Estates, we sought clarification from Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Spokesman Gregg Bortz gave us this answer: 

“It is illegal to possess an alligator in Maryland, and anyone who brought and released this alligator here can face penalties. Maryland does not have state laws about killing alligators. We are consulting with our federal and local allied agencies as to any next steps on this matter.”