10-foot alligator carcass found in Maryville dumpster

10-foot alligator carcass found in Maryville dumpster

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The staff says what they thought was a hand turned out to be the gator. The staff says what they thought was a hand turned out to be the gator.

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A report of flies at a Maryville townhomes dumpster led to the discovery of a 10-foot alligator carcass.

A maintenance man at Sandy Springs Townhouses off Montvale Station Road took the call about the flies.

At first the staff thought they saw a hand, but it turned out to be the gator. They reported the find to police around noon.

The animal's head was cut off and the meat was removed from its tail. Police say they found another part of the tail near the dumpster.

"There are lots of ways to get rid of a pet that has overgrown your capacity besides brutalize the animal and throw it in a dumpster," said Cherise Candlish, the real estate portfolio manager for her father, who owns the Townhouses.

"If it was a hunting issue, there are better ways to get rid of the animal too than to brutally separate it and throw it in the dumpster. I can't imagine why someone would want to do something like that," Candlish added.

Police say they don't know who dumped the alligator's body. They turned the investigation over to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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