Big gator wanders out of Hilton Head surf

Critter Management owner Joe Maffo in the parking lot of the "Island Packet" newspaper with a 12-foot alligator he captured on South Beach in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Maffo says under state regulations, the alligator will have to be destroyed but he will talk to Department of Natural Resources officials to see if the animal he named "Joe" can be relocated.

 

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — An alligator wrangler says he hopes authorities allow him to relocate a huge gator lassoed on Hilton Head Island.

 

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports the 12-foot gator estimated to weigh 800 pounds wandered out of the surf Monday.

 

Officials think the alligator could be 45 years old.

 

It took two men 40 minutes to snare, rope and tape the alligator as a crowd of about 100 people watched.

 

Joe Maffo of Critter Management says under state regulations, the alligator will have to be destroyed. But Maffo says he will talk to Department of Natural Resources officials to see if the gator can be relocated.

 

Maffo says the alligator was probably returning home at the end of mating season.

 

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