ATCHISON, Kan. (WIBW) - Authorities in Northeast Kansas say a small alligator spotted in a lake was shot and wounded in the snout before it was rescued.
Fishermen spotted the three-foot-long alligator on Saturday in Atchison County Lake.
Atchison County officials used a net, dog kennel and other tools to get the alligator out, before transporting it to Monkey Island sanctuary near Lee's Summit, MO.
Experts at the sanctuary say the bullet traveled between the gator's eyes through its body, but he is expected to recover.
The Atchison County Sheriff's Office cited 53-year-old Dennis Statler of Horton for cruelty to animals. They continue searching for the animal's owner.