Milwaukee, Wisconsin police officers received quite a surprise when they got a call about an alligator on a Lake Michigan beach.

Wisconsin's Wild Kingdom

Wisconsin has its fair share of cryptid stories to share, with two of the most infamous being the Beast of Bray Road and the Devil's Lake Monster, but they ain't got nothing on the real wild creatures being spotted throughout the state lately.

In August a rare Roseate Spoonbill was spotted in Green Bay, and in September five flamingos were spotted at several Wisconsin lakes. My point is this; it seems like Illinoisans aren't the only ones yearning to move to Wisconsin these days, many southern-born creatures are too.

Alligator in the water

Police Officers Find Alligator on One Wisconsin Beach

Police officers are trained to handle lots of different scenarios and emergencies, but I'm willing to bet reporting to a call about an alligator on a beach in Wisconsin isn't usually one of them. Check out what happened in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Monday, November 6...

How Did an Alligator End Up On a Wisconsin Beach?

I'm no animal expert, but I'm pretty sure this alligator did not walk or swim to Wisconsin from the warmer climate where he belongs, so one has to assume that he was ditched there by someone who learned quickly they had bitten off way more than they could chew with their new pet. (pun intended).

Wisconsin is one of only 4 states in America that does NOT have any laws about owning an exotic or "dangerous" animal, but it's generally not a good idea...and ditching it when you realize that is definitely a horrible thing to do.

You don't have to worry about this little Wisconsin alligator though, it is now safely being cared for by The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC).

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LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

Gallery Credit: Elena Kadvany

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