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Alligator captured at Michigan church

Police have caught a six-foot-long alligator that was spotted roaming the property of a southern Michigan church.

Police say passerby helped catch 6-foot reptile

Police have caught a six-foot-long alligator that was spotted roaming the property of a southern Michigan church.

A motorist driving past the Pathway Community Church near Jackson Monday saw the reptile Monday and called the police.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that officers slipped a noose around the alligator's head and secured its mouth with duct tape.

In a media release, police said a passerby, who happened to own an alligator himself, assisted officers in capturing the reptile.

Police say the alligator is in good health and will be sent to a sanctuary in Athens, Mich., near Battle Creek, Mich.

Jon Johnston, deputy director of Blackman-Leoni Township's Public safety department, said the alligator was probably only recently released into the wild. Johnston said the animal would not have been able to survive the harsh temperatures of the approaching Michigan winter.

With files from The Associated Press