RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2015) – As sightings of alligators become more numerous in North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering tips on how to co-exist peacefully with these large reptiles.
While they may look scary and intimidating, alligators are, for the most part, shy and secretive, preferring to spend their time sunning along the banks or lurking just beneath the surface of waters in coastal North Carolina.
However, as the human population continues to grow and wildlands used by alligators continue to be developed, interactions between the two are inevitable. When interactions do occur, there are several steps people can take to prevent conflicts with alligators. The first thing people should do when seeing an alligator is also the easiest — nothing.
“If you spot an alligator, simply leave it alone and it will typically move on within a few hours to a couple of weeks,” said Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Com