Gator shot on SC beach

Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:31 AM
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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. — A 10-foot alligator has been shot and killed in the surf at Folly Beach southeast of Charleston.

Public Safety Director Dennis Brown says the alligator was spotted around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Angus McBride with the Department of Natural Resources says it’s not unusual for alligators to get caught in tidal waters and end up in the ocean. McBride said alligators do not like salt water.

Alligator specialist Ray Covington with Nuisance Removal Wildlife Service shot the gator in the head and hauled it away.

Some people complained about shooting the alligator on the beach but Covington says the animal was sick and was too large to relocate.

He says it would have been too dangerous to try to remove the alligator and shoot it elsewhere.

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corgimom
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corgimom 05/15/14 - 09:16 am
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Why shoot it in the first

Why shoot it in the first place?

You go to the beach, there are alligators. You leave them alone and you respect them.

How did they know it was sick?

playlikethunder
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playlikethunder 05/15/14 - 12:04 pm
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Re-read the article....
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as it was pointed out , alligators are fresh water reptiles, salt water is deadly to them.
Don't understand? Next time you go to the coast , drink ocean water all day and see how long you last....

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Riverman1 05/15/14 - 12:13 pm
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Should have called the Gator

Should have called the Gator Boys.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 05/15/14 - 02:42 pm
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It is Rare.

It is VERY rare to see an alligator at the beach. If there is one there you get rid of it, preferably by relocation. I'm sure that Mr. Covington knows what he is doing.

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