It is that time of year when alligators are making their way through and often stop in the community ponds for a visit. The Association is aware that there is a gator present in Charleston Park and Gator Getters has been out to the property to assess the alligator. The alligator has been deemed “non-aggressive”.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED ALLIGATORS! A FED ALLIGATOR IS A DEAD ALLIGATOR.
Please use caution in the area. The below information is from the SCDOR and will hopefully provide answers to many questions you many have. Please be reminded that there is no “relocation” or “re-homing” program for alligators and that any alligator removed is destroyed. If the alligator is not aggressive or a nuisance, please let it go on its way and take proper precautions.
From DNR: Alligator Management in South Carolina: Alligators have a strong homing instinct; therefore, biologists have discovered that relocating individual alligators of concern is ineffective as they can return home even after they have been moved over 100 miles! Given this incredible ability to navigate, the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has declared that alligator relocation is illegal in SC. Since relocation is not an option, when an alligator is “removed”, it is killed by a licensed alligator specialist.
In 1989, the SC DNR initiated a “nuisance” alligator program which permits contracted trappers to remove specific individuals that exhibit aggressive behaviors to humans or domestic animals, have become habituated to people (from feeding), showing symptoms of debilitating illness or injury, or inhabit recreational waters intended primarily for swimming. Trappers remove 300-350 alligators annually, most of them animals that have been habituated to humans because they have been fed.
Thank you for your cooperation and as we all live in the Lowcountry, there is a strong probability that there will alligators moving through the community ponds. Please let us know if you have seen anyone feeding the alligator as this information is helpful for Gator Getters. If you have tenants in your home, please share this information.