Alligator spotted on highway west of Havelock

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:33 PM.

“I told him, ‘Um, you’re not going to believe this, but there’s something across from your yard that I need your help with — an alligator,’” she said.

J.D. Wright said he had encountered a wild gator before in Carolina Pines years before and said that prepared him for this encounter.

“It just reminded me a lot of that one, kind of the same situation,” he said. “I got a level from Ricky and a rope and made a lasso with it and looped it around his mouth and he did his death spiral or whatever it is they do until he tired himself out and we put a cloth over his head and that was it.”

The Wrights said they knew they should have continued to try to contact someone with the Wildlife Resources Commission, but they had too big a heart to let the creature get hit by a car.

“I just couldn’t let him get hit and knew we had to help him.” Dineen Wright said.

Dickerson’s son, Josh, covered the gator’s face with a towel, picked it up and put in a pickup truck so they could release the wandering beast in a nearby creek farther away from civilization.

“We wanted to get him somewhere he could be let go and not in danger,” Dineen Wright said.

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