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Officials set record straight on 'alligator' photo

A fake Facebook post is making the rounds, and making visitors to Reed Bingham State Park more than a little nervous. (Source: WALB) A fake Facebook post is making the rounds, and making visitors to Reed Bingham State Park more than a little nervous. (Source: WALB)
Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association Director Chet Powell (Source: WALB) Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association Director Chet Powell (Source: WALB)
Crocodiles are not native to Georgia. (Source: WALB) Crocodiles are not native to Georgia. (Source: WALB)
ADEL, GA (WALB) -

A fake Facebook post is making the rounds, and making visitors to Reed Bingham State Park more than a little nervous.

Someone posted a picture, supposedly of a huge alligator caught at the park.

Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association Director Chet Powell immediately identified the animal as a crocodile and not an alligator.

He also tracked down the original picture which shows a wildlife expert in Africa, and he doesn't want people to worry about their safety at Reed Bingham.

"If you're going to post something about wildlife, please think about it before you post it. Make sure it's factual information," said Powell.

Crocodiles are not native to Georgia. 

The beach at Reed Bingham was closed while trappers removed four much smaller alligators from the waters as a precaution, but the beach reopened on Friday.    

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