Alligator spotted on highway west of Havelock

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

J.D. Wright echoed his wife’s sentiments on the safety of the gator.

“Twelve foot from the road was just too close for us to leave him, with him being a young gator and only about 5-foot,” he said.

Even though their hearts were in the right place, state Wildlife officials advise not moving alligators. Instead, they say any wild gator encounter should be handled by staying away from the animal.

American alligators are a threatened species in North Carolina, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises people to leave the animals alone if they see one in the wild.

The website states that feeding and harassing alligators is illegal; the Wrights and Dickersons did neither. The main purpose of the Wrights’ adventure and moment of excitement was to get the gator back among the four-legged creatures and away from the four-wheeled ones.

If you encounter an alligator, contact the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-800-662-7137.

Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.

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