SUMTER COUNTY, Ga. — A viral photo of a man posing next to a giant alligator has been making the rounds on social media and many are wondering if it is fake.

The photo showed a DNR wildlife biologist posing next to the giant animal lying along a cleared pathway in Sumter County near Lake Blackshear.

THE QUESTION:

Is this alligator real and was it really living along Lake Blackshear?

THE ANSWER:

Yes. A wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources found the animal.

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