Norm the Gator, who now has over 900 friends on Facebook, has recently received good news regarding his home in Hilton Head, SC. Norm can stay put in his residential neighborhood pond as long as he continues to play nice with his two legged neighbors (and their four legged friends). So for now, Norm avoids the other alternative which involves wallets, belts and cowboy boots.
This story about Norm makes for an appropriate gateway to the following reminder recently issued by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission:
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents and visitors that feeding alligators is not only dangerous, but also illegal.
As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing – and 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.
In addition, feeding these animals can cause them to lose their fear of people, making them more likely to approach and possibly attack.
For more information on the American Alligator, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website.