Want to ask a question? Click here

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

Judy Royal
StarNews

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.

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!


Bookmark and Share

X
Ask a question
X

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.





Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Yes
Your question:

Post a comment
X

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.





Your comment: