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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- So far, an attempt to wrangle an alligator in extreme northwestern Arizona has failed.

The nine-foot gator -- named Clem-- was released into the wilds near Pakoon Springs, in the Arizona Strip, about 20 years ago.

Until 2002, the site was privately owned. However, it's now part of Grand Canyon-Parashant (PEHR'-uh-shant) National Monument.

Six members of the Phoenix Herpetological Society began a search for Clem last week. But after six days without finding the gator, the team decided to return home and try again the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Their aim is to capture Clem and move him to a sanctuary in Scottsdale.

Hunt team member Daniel Marchand says Clem has lots of hiding places and apparently has plenty to eat.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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