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(ABC Local)   Dear Florida, Keep your damn alligators in your own state. Sincerely, Long Island, NY (link updated)   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 31
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2012-10-08 07:06:58 AM  
All I get is a login screen.
 
2012-10-08 07:08:25 AM  

pciszek: All I get is a login screen.


seems like most of TFA was missing
 
2012-10-08 07:10:00 AM  

pciszek: All I get is a login screen.


I get the first paragraph, then:

This content is exclusive for Newsday digital access and 7-day home delivery subscribers and Optimum Online® customers. 

Are they calling me non-optimum? Bastards.
 
2012-10-08 07:10:01 AM  
It's October, long past their feeding season, so what's the problem?
 
2012-10-08 07:17:29 AM  
TFA, for those who can't access it:
The number of alligators abandoned on Long Island grew by one after a fifth was found early Sunday in Shirley, Suffolk police said.
The 3-foot reptile was found in a plastic container outside the Applebee's restaurant at Montauk Highway and William Floyd Parkway about 2 a.m., police said.
It was the fifth gator found abandoned on Long Island in 10 days. The first was found Sept. 28 in the lawn of a Mastic Beach residence. On Oct. 1, another was found in a Wading River golf course, and two more were found in a Baldwin supermarket parking lot on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each of the gators was 3 feet or smaller.
Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said he has never seen so many alligators being found in such a short period of time.
The last time the SPCA dealt with so many exotic animals was in 2006, when police arrested a Lindenhurst man who had alligators, turtles, eels, emus and other animals in his house.
Gross said alligators grow about a foot a year and can reach up to 18 feet long. The one found in Shirley was probably about 2 years old, he said.
The SPCA said is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for abandoning the alligator in the Shirley shopping center parking lot.
"These are dangerous creatures," Gross said. "They can also spread diseases."
Gross said the organization is offering the reward in the most recent case because the animal was intentionally left right outside a restaurant, "where people and children are present to go into the stores and the eating establishment," Gross said.
"This is really putting people in danger," he said.
Gross blamed the Internet for making it easy for people to sell and buy such wild animals.
"I think people are just buying these animals because they think it's cool," he said. "But then they realize the baby alligators will grow and can be dangerous or won't fit in their tank." That is when people "decide to dump them."
The gator found in Shirley was immediately taken to the Selden Animal Hospital, police said. The Suffolk SPCA said alligators cannot survive in cold weather.
The reptile has been taken to an undisclosed wildlife rehabilitation center, according to the Selden Animal Hospital. Information on its condition was not available Sunday.
Gross said the person responsible for releasing the reptile in the parking lot could face criminal charges for animal abandonment and endangerment to the public health. Wild animal possession is a violation, Gross said, not a crime.
Gross said he does not believe all five gators were released by the same person. He said anyone with information about any of the cases can call 631-382-SPCA.
 
2012-10-08 07:19:28 AM  
Dear Submitard,

Alligators come from many, many states, not just Florida.
 
2012-10-08 07:20:06 AM  
Dear NY,

Please keep your damn old people in your own state.

Sincerely,

Florida
 
2012-10-08 07:24:07 AM  

simplicimus: TFA, for those who can't access it:


Thank you, kind sir.

As I suspected, the internet is to blame. This internet thing is nothing but trouble.
 
2012-10-08 07:24:54 AM  
"These are dangerous creatures," Gross said. "They can also spread diseases."
Dangerous? Well when hungry or provoked, yeah. Spread diseases? The farkers are pretty much immune to everything. They don't even get cancer.
 
2012-10-08 07:29:31 AM  
Dear NY;
We will be happy to keep alligators in state, if you keep your hot headed, snobbish snowbirds out of our state. New Yorkers that do not fit those descriptions always welcome.

Florida
 
2012-10-08 07:31:30 AM  

Pick: Dear NY;
We will be happy to keep alligators in state, if you keep your hot headed, snobbish snowbirds out of our state. New Yorkers that do not fit those descriptions always welcome.

Florida


Nah, ship the alligators to Louisiana. That's some good eating there.
 
2012-10-08 07:44:55 AM  
Dear NY,

Tell your effing tourist|snowbird citizens to quit taking baby 'gators from Florida back up to NY.

Sincerely,
Florida
 
2012-10-08 07:50:36 AM  
Read the new link. What a bunch of wusses. I assume it's cold enough on Long Island that the exothermic little critters aren't moving around that much.
 
2012-10-08 07:57:33 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: Dear NY,

Please keep your damn old people in your own state.

Sincerely,

Florida


but we have a surplus...
 
2012-10-08 08:01:32 AM  
I blame Betty White.
 
2012-10-08 08:05:46 AM  

Mugato: I blame Betty White.


I think Lake Placid is upstate, but I could be wrong.
 
2012-10-08 08:22:17 AM  

not5am: HMS_Blinkin: Dear NY,

Please keep your damn old people in your own state.

Sincerely,

Florida

but we have a surplus...


So does Florida from what I hear.

/not Floridian
 
2012-10-08 08:35:11 AM  
Hey, Long Island, FRAK YOU!
 
2012-10-08 08:43:02 AM  
OK - but you have to keep all of your residents from coming down here. Deal?
 
2012-10-08 09:07:17 AM  
Long Island - Home ofthe country's worst paywall-protected local newspaper, and alligators... apparently.

Go Gators!
 
2012-10-08 09:17:09 AM  
Might try turning off javascript; loaded fine for me.
 
2012-10-08 09:17:40 AM  
Yoose New Yakers come down here to Flaridah every winta, but yoose neva invite us Flaridians up to da Hamptons for da summer. Howse comes???
 
2012-10-08 10:05:09 AM  
Keep the Nuh Yawkas in NYawk and we have a deal

Filthy people, New Yorkers.
 
2012-10-08 11:03:39 AM  
Dear NY,

Quit screwing with us or we'll send bigger gators ... ya buncha whiney babies - 4 ft is nuthin!

Sincerely,

Florida
 
2012-10-08 11:10:33 AM  
Winter is coming that will take care of them.
 
2012-10-08 01:59:32 PM  
If this had appeared in the Sports Tab, I would have guessed it was about Tim Tebus.
 
2012-10-08 03:37:53 PM  
Experts believe people may be disposing of the 2½-foot-long beasts when they start to become unmanageable.

Or maybe someone wants Long Island to have alligators.

/ not me.
// well, sort of, but I can account for my whereabouts and haven't been to Long Island for a long time.
/// wish it were for a longer time.
 
2012-10-08 05:02:38 PM  
FTFA: Police discovered the reptile abandoned in a plastic container with the words 'My Gator' written on top, around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Shirley.

You can't be serious?
 
2012-10-08 07:56:58 PM  

simplicimus: It's October, long past their feeding season, so what's the problem?


Actually, gators eat year-round so long as temperatures are above 70 degrees. They become dormant when temps are below 55 degrees, but they don't hibernate. Their natural habitat stretches all they way to Virginia and Texas.
 
2012-10-08 08:00:37 PM  
David Macaulay, wanted for questioning.

(See page 60)
 
2012-10-09 10:56:51 AM  

Two16: Hey, Long Island, FRAK YOU!


Only if you're hot.
 
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