LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police are urging caution to those visiting Jones Park after an alligator was spotted Tuesday afternoon.
Police chief Gerald Williamson said the city will be monitoring the area, but warn resident to be cautious of their surroundings.
"They have not been common in the area, but that doesn't mean they have not been there before," Williamson said. "There are nearby creeks that it could have come from and there are pounds at a nearby golf course, so we are not sure how it got here so far."
The reptile was first spotted by city council member Robert Shankle. The Lufkin Zoo was notified and is working on getting signs made and put up in the area.
"Unfortunately we do not have the traps needed to catch one," Williamson said. "We are just going to be monitoring the area, but if someone sees the alligator we will come out and if possible will work with the Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens to catch it."