Before he was killed in an underwater filming accident, Irwin visited Machado Lake in fall 2005 and said he would return when Reggie emerged from hibernation in 2006. But Reggie didn’t reappear last year. Then on April 30, park visitors spotted an alligator that looked to be about 7 feet long as it swam across the Lake Machado’s southern end. There have been several more sightings since. “I’m getting phone calls and e-mails saying `He’s back! He’s back!”‘ said Joeanne Valle, executive director of the Harbor City Chamber of Commerce. “My chamber board is jumping up and down. Everybody seems to love this.” Reggie was an illegal pet allegedly tossed into the 50-acre lake by a former Los Angeles policeman when it got too big. LOS ANGELES – Recent of sightings of Reggie the alligator, the elusive Lake Machado creature that had vanished 18 months ago, has city officials plotting a capture. Several would-be gator wranglers failed in attempts to remove the wily Reggie from the murky waters at Harbor Regional Park in 2005, but his reappearance last week reinvigorated efforts to plot a capture. Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she was working with a representative of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and Qantas Airways on a plan that would bring Irwin’s crew to Los Angeles within the next week or two. “If we can get them a couple airline seats for the crew and cargo space for their equipment, \ everyone’s very interested in doing this,” Hahn said Friday. “They know Steve promised us that once Reggie was seen again he’d be back.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!