Alligator located in nursery business grabs attention

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM.

Carteret County Animal Control and local law enforcement officers kept customers at a safe distance until biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission could get there to capture the alligator and take him to be released in another location.

For several hours, the alligator stayed put in the shade under a table in the nursery’s retail garden area, which is located at the front of the business that sits along N.C. 24 in Cedar Point.

Robbie Norville, regional supervising biologist with N.C. Wildlife Resources, said that with coastal waters all around, including the streams and creeks around Redfearns, which is not far from Bogue Sound, the alligator could have come from any direction.

Norville said the alligator was likely migrating from a feeding area to a winter den and got disoriented inside the nursery property.

“He probably got inside the fence and got disoriented,” he said.

Norville said alligators are more visible during the summer while they are out looking for “easy foods” such as minnows and crabs in crab pots. While they don’t hibernate, he said that their metabolism slows in winter months and they will burrow under the ground or take cover in places such as fallen trees.

Norville and regional WRC biologist Jon Shaw captured the alligator with assistance from the animal control officers on hand and planned to release the alligator into headwaters of the White Oak River.

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