on Jun 06, 2012 10:32 AM • Views 8091
Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6) Due to recent reports of alligator sightings, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents and visitors that feeding and harassing alligators is both illegal and dangerous.

Alligators are common in the coastal regions of southeast North Carolina, and, in most cases, it is not necessary to do anything if you see one. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission typically will not relocate alligators unless there is a threat to the animal or nearby humans.

As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing and sometimes 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. Feeding these animals can cause them to lose their fear of people, making them more likely to approach and possibly attack. 

For information on alligators and wildlife conservation in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org.