Mysterious reptile in Fremont golf pond

July 10, 2008 12:22:29 PM PDT
Golfers beware. There's a true water hazard at the Fremont Park Golf Course. The hunt is expected to begin shortly for a mysterious reptile spotted slithering around this week.

Golfers are sometimes described as a fanatical bunch, so it's understandable that no one we found, including Gino Forral and his little son Gavin, were knocked off course by the news of a three-foot long alligator in the water just past the second green.

"Yeah, it could be out here. I mean, it does look like its natural territory," says Gino.

A diver looking for golf balls came eye to eye, and snout to snout with the reptile earlier this week. Groundskeepers say there are far fewer birds around the water hazard than there used to be.

Management is waiting for the Tri-City Animal people to arrive to start trying to trap whatever it is out there.

"I just want to see it. I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard a lot about it. Maybe today is the day we find it," says golf course superintendent Ross Brownlie.

So, the next time you hear someone yell "fore", he may be referring to the number of fingers left on his hand.


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