Officials: No evidence of alligators in SML

Debunked: SML alligator picture a hoax (ABC13 viewer).

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (WSET) -- Officials are debunking a photo that's been circulating social media.

A Facebook post from Patty Hanson claimed there was an alligator in Smith Mountain Lake.

Patty Hanson's post got more than a thousand shares. She says she fell for a prank!

According to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, there is no evidence of alligators in the lake.

The department says they see pictures like this a lot, and people do not need to be afraid.

Hanson says her friend played a joke on her and she apologizes to anyone who thought it was real.

Hanson says she was very upset because that's not something you joke about.