LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - Police are warning parents in south Louisiana to be on the lookout for alligators in large drainage ditches.
The Livingston Police Department reported an 8.5-foot gator was found in a canal on Ohio Street Tuesday night.
Livingston officials say Wildlife and Forestry was called out to the scene. They shot and killed the animal before removing it from the canal.
Kori Taylor, 16, was there when the incident happened.
"So I walk out here, and I look in there, and I see it," Taylor said. "And I was freaking out, I didn't know what to do, but there was all kinds of people around here, the cops showed up."
Taylor said her and many other kids in the neighborhood like playing in the canals and that several teenagers first spotted the alligator.
However, she doesn't think anyone will be playing in those small channels for the rest of the summer.
"I mean, you don't know what else you'll find in there now."
Authorities urged parents to keep a close eye on all children and small animals around canals and ditches. They didn't find any other alligators that night, but they are on the lookout.
Police say turtles and poisonous snakes can also be found in those canals.
Officials are not sure where exactly the alligator came from.
A 2-year-old boy died after an alligator pulled him into the water in Orlando on June 14.