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Who do I call to get an alligator out of my neighborhood?

Judy Royal

In an area of rapid development, it isn’t surprising that every now and then a confused gator may mistake a heavily populated subdivision for its habitat. After all, it probably was his home, and not so long ago. Retention ponds and canals are likely hotspots where you may see gators converging.

Whatever you do, don’t try to be a hero and deal with the visitor yourself, and don’t try to feed it. Alligators have been blamed for hundreds of attacks in the U.S., and some have even been fatal. Your chances of being a victim increase once the gator loses its fear of humans, which will happen if you start tossing it treats.

If you suspect an alligator has been hanging out in your territory, do not let your pets or children wander too far in the neighborhood. Some sources say alligators can move at speeds up to 35 mph for short bursts, but that’s plenty of time to catch unsuspecting prey.

Call an expert to help show the door to an unwelcome gator. A popular choice in Wilmington is Wildlife Removal Service, (910) 791-5917.

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