FAYETTE COUNTY, TN — Alligators are moving into Tennessee.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) says there have been multiple confirmed sighting of alligators in Southwest Tennessee.

The TWRA says alligators are expanding their range into Tennessee from southern border states.

They say they can survive winters by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation.

Alligators are a protected species and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law.

If you come across one, you are asked to leave it alone.