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Scientist Bitten By Alligator Identified

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

We now know the name of the scientist who was bitten by an alligator Tuesday night in Carteret County.

The North Carolina Aquarium says Dr. Fred Boyce is a herpetologist, an expert in reptiles.

Boyce was called in to help remove an alligator from a Carteret County neighborhood ended up being bitten on the arm by the reptile.

The attack happened around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night on Highway 70 near the Sea Level high rise bridge.

The alligator was some eight to ten feet long and deputies believe it came from the Open Grounds Farm, a large area of private land where alligators live.

The aquarium says Boyce was off duty when the call came in about an injured alligator. They say Boyce decided to go because he was concerned about the alligator.

Boyce, according to the aquarium, is not at work today. The alligator was eventually captured and moved to a different location.


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A scientist who was called in to help remove an alligator from a Carteret County neighborhood ended up being bitten on the arm by the reptile.

Carteret County authorities tell WITN the scientist from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores was called after they could not reach a state wildlife officer.

It happened around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night on Highway 70 near the Sea Level high rise bridge. The Stacy Volunteer Fire Department and Sea Level EMS responded to the scene.

The alligator was some eight to ten feet long and deputies believe it came from the Open Grounds Farm, a large area of private land where alligators live.

A man on Highway 70 first called about the reptile being in his yard, and then in moved to a ditch near the fire department.

Deputies say when the scientist arrived, he threw a towel over its head to subdue it, and that apparently agitated the alligator. The man was bitten on the arm.

Eventually a wildlife officer arrived and he moved the alligator back to the Open Ground Farms.

At last check Tuesday night about 9:15 p.m. authorities told us officials were still on the scene dealing with the situation.

The man was treated and released from Carteret General Hospital.


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