Is There a Gator in This Lawton Creek Just Off Cache Road?
A little blurb popped up on social media last Thursday about a possible gator in the waterways of Lawton.
The caption on a related fish photo served as a warning.
The creek by Olive Garden has a baby crocodile I wasn't able to take a photo of it because he took off but just wanted to let everyone know to watch out around that area don't gotta believe me but really there was one
Aside from the indictment of the public school system, it has a lot of people wondering if this scenario could be true.
Most people are hesitant to trust in this angler's word since 2023 is the year of "Pics or it didn't happen," but would it even be possible for the waters around Lawton to be habitable for some of the earth's largest reptiles?
Eh, yes and no.
First and foremost, anytime you see a post on social media about crocs in the water, this is my go-to vision of what people are talking about...
...but the post specifically says 'crocodile,' which is even more weird since crocs are overwhelmingly saltwater species. Given the grammar, it's fair to assume croc and gator are being used interchangeably in this case.
So, is it possible an alligator is cruising through Wolf Creek?
It is possible, but really unlikely.
If you weren't aware, alligators are native to Oklahoma. We have a small population of gators down in the Southeast corner of the state, way out in the swamps along the OK/TX/AR border.
While there have been a few recent events this year of gators pretty far from their normal stomping grounds, it'd be unimaginably rare for one of these beasts to migrate all the way to Lawton.
If there is a gator in Wolf Creek, it would almost have to be a pet that was released and dumped from captivity.
That would be the most likely explanation for scenario like this, but again, highly unlikely. Unfortunately, while it's fun to troll on social media, this would be one of those "pics or it didn't happen" rumors.
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