Earlier this Spring we were at a park in Akron. I heard a boy ask his mom, “Mom, are there alligators in that lake?” The mom replied, “Oh no, not in Ohio.” My husband and I told the lady that “Yes, there are alligators in Akron”. She looked at us funny. Oh well, we told our kids too.
Today, at Summit Lake, Adrian Diaz earned the fishing story of his life. He caught an alligator in Akron Ohio that was 3-1/2 feet long! He thought it was a bull frog or a turtle biting at his bait. Then out came walking an alligator, it came up to the shore and started eating the bait right off of the fishing pool. He thought fast, threw his hat over its head, pulled the rubber band from his ponytail and wrapped the alligator’s jaws shut! Once the alligator made noise, a lager 6 foot alligator appeared, possibly his mom. Adrian Diaz grabbed the small alligator and ran! The animal warden is looking for a home for this alligator.
Recent History of Alligators in Akron, Ohio
Today’s alligator caught in Akron Ohio was not the first. In fact, in the past 3 years, there have been 3 alligators caught in Akron Ohio. Specifically, Summit Lake is where all of the alligator action is taking place. Summit Lake is located between Downtown and Kenmore.
Located right in the middle of the busy city life is this large lake. It is surrounded with neighborhoods with families. Swimming is prohibited but fishing is open to the public. I know many will hear about the alligators and go fishing at Summit Lake for the thrill. I just hope that nobody catches another alligator, especially a kid!
Alligator in Akron Ohio in 2009
Just last year, Anthony Greer, a 14 year old boy caught and killed a 4 foot 2 inch alligator at Summit Lake in Akron, Ohio. He didn’t know what to do so he hit it over the head with a large rock! Luckily this boy did not get hurt!
Alligator in Akron Ohio in 2007
In 2007, another 14 year old boy was fishing at Summit Lake. Robert Pendleton Jr. was warned by his 11 year old brother, Danny that he saw an alligator. I’m sure Robert didn’t believe his little brother! He believed it when he caught it on his fishing line. They called for grandma’s help who called the police. The dog warden came out and pulled the alligator in with a pole. The alligator in Akron Ohio measured 5 feet! Thankfully, everyone was safe.
What do you think about alligators in Akron?
If there have been 3 caught, I’m sure there are more in Summit Lake. I don’t know what, if anything can be done about these alligators. What about the 6 foot alligator that Adrian Diaz claimed he saw today?!
People that take alligators as pets need to realize that they grow up to be large. If they cannot take on this responsibility, then they should not have an alligator as a pet. And if they realize that they cannot take care of a 3 or 4 or 5 foot alligator, they need to contact the animal warden for help.
I just pray that a small child doesn’t get attacked or a person fishing gets bitten unsuspectingly by an alligator in Akron, Ohio.
To the mom who told her son that there are no alligators, never say never!