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No, there’s not an alligator in Big Lake

File photo of an adult alligator gar in Tupelo, Miss.
File photo of an adult alligator gar in Tupelo, Miss.(KWQC)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:16 PM CDT
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(WOWT) - Photos posted on social media Tuesday have the community wondering if there’s an alligator in Big Lake.

The photos show... something... peeking out above the small Iowa lake, located directly across the Missouri River from Eppley Airfield.

But local conservation officer Adam Gacke tells 6 News he will not rule out an alligator sighting because anything is possible, but that it’s most likely a fish, specifically a Garfish. Some species of gar do have mouths resembling alligators; one is even called “alligator gar.”

Gacke said he spent hours at Big Lake on Wednesday investigating the incident. He said the water was pretty active when he was out there Wednesday and that many Garfish jump, roll, swim, hit, and flip in the water while he was out there.

The officer also noted there are several semi-submerged logs in the lake.

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