RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding coastal residents and visitors to avoid feeding alligators. The American alligator is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, under North Carolina law, it is illegal to feed them in the wild.
As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing – and feeding – alligators. Feeding alligators is dangerous to both humans and alligators. Once habituated to food, alligators lose their fear of humans and will approach to find food. This behavior is not reversible and can result in the trapping and destroying of the alligator.
For more information on the American alligator, refer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fact sheet. For information on threatened and endangered species in North Carolina, see the protected species document.