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first_imgPsssst. Reggie. Better rest up. The Australians are coming. With details now almost finalized, the crew of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin will come to Harbor City this summer to try to catch the maverick alligator that has taken up residence in a city lake, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. Qantas Airways has agreed to provide cargo space and airline seats, she said, with the crew tentatively set to come out sometime around July10. Until then, a member of the crew will be working with city parks groundskeeper Fred Dowell to try to establish a pattern of the alligator’s whereabouts and movements. “Fred’s the alligator whisperer,” Hahn said of the man who has probably seen the alligator more often than anyone since he was dumped in Lake Machado in 2005. “Fred will be recording times and dates for them. I trust these guys. I think they have a system.” “Although,” she added after a pause, “I also know that Reggie can be very elusive.” The reptile has been especially active during the past week, cruising through the lake and sunbathing as spectators watch from the dock near the boathouse in Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. The alligator, now estimated to be about 7feet long, had not been seen for 18 months when he suddenly reappeared April30. There is some speculation it may be a different animal. “I don’t know how we’ll ever know,” Hahn said. “But Fred is absolutely sure it’s Reggie.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more