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PADUCAH, Ky. – Wildlife authorities in Kentucky seized two alligators housed illegally from a Paducah man’s home Friday.

In a statement posted to Facebook, officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources confirmed that conservation officers were acting on a tip and were able to relocate the alligators to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo.

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The unidentified 55-year-old man admitted to keeping the five-foot long reptiles in his home and has been charged with two counts of propagation and holding of wildlife without a permit, WLKW reported.

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Both counts are punishable by up to a $500 fine, the TV station reported.

In Kentucky, it is illegal to import or possess alligators and caimans, The Associated Press reported.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.