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Alligator captured in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

An alligator swims in a lake at Flushing

An alligator swims in a lake at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on Tuesday, Sept 15, 2015. Photo Credit: Robert Stridiron

A fisherman Tuesday caught a young alligator dubbed Jaws by the NYPD that had been evading capture for a month at a Queens park, authorities said.

Joseph Genovese of White-stone said he first spotted the reptile about six days ago when he was fishing at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Genovese said he snared the reptile in the afternoon using a fishing rod and a treble hook, dragging it to shore. "I was determined," he said. ". . . It wouldn't have lasted winter."

Cops from the NYPD Emergency Services Unit had tried to capture the alligator in Meadow Lake more than once.

"Jaws is back! Bigger and badder than before!" Deputy Insp. Christopher Manson, who heads the 110th Precinct, tweeted Monday. "Seen by several people . . . . But he got away when officers tried to catch him."

Officers helped Genovese tape the gator's mouth shut, and rangers took it to Animal Care and Control in Brooklyn.

The gator is between 18 inches and 2 feet long, said parks spokeswoman Meghan Lalor.

"While it is rare to find an alligator in NYC parks, we do find nonnative animals in parks from time to time," she said.

"Releasing pets into parks is illegal and can be harmful to the animal," she added.

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