What should a Gopher Stater do when they see a 3 foot + alligator lurking in the weeds near their mailbox? In this particular case it seems as though the right thing to do was done by Helen Zumbaum, who called the Anoka County Sheriff's Dept. to report the sighting. A cursory attempt was made to capture the dangerous creature but finally there was only one option left, kill it with two shots to its reptile head with a Glock. As an invasive species, it's obvious that alligators can't be allowed to establish a presence north of the 45th parallel. Allowed to reproduce in that area it's entirely likely that in a short period of time, geologically speaking, these carnivores would, through Darwinian natural selection, eventually grow fur to protect themselves from the un-Floridian climate. It's terrifying to think about them laying in wait behind a snowbank to capture some innocent third grader hopping off the school bus. Thank goodness we don't have to worry about it for now, at least in northern Anoka County.