5-foot Alligator Captured At Topsail Beach

A 5-foot alligator observed in the surf and onshore along the southeastern North Carolina coast has been captured.

Topsail Police Chief Sam Gervase said police and firefighters captured the alligator, which had been spotted there on Wednesday early Thursday morning. The gator had also been seen on Tuesday at Surf City.

He said an officer saw the alligator, which hid in bushes in a residential area. The alligator was tied up and taken to the police department until N.C. Wildlife Commission officials arrived.

Officials said the commission would release the alligator elsewhere.


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  • by C on Jul 24, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    To Wally Gator: I suggest you call the ACLU;this is a clear case of gator profiling. But seriously,this is why I do all my swimming in a pool. You can still drown,but at least the pool is free of stinging / carnivorous critters!
  • by loa Location: NENC on Jul 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    To dat: Get a sense of humor.
  • by Wally Gator Location: Topsail on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Just cause I'm a green man in a white neighborhood the cops got to be hasslin me. That's messed up man!
  • by dat Location: grifton on Jul 23, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    get a life people
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    Not quite large enough to make a pair of boots, but some gator tail meat would be good.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    Mr T, watch out for those rays.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 23, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    I wish I had found him.I would have jumped on him like Steve Irwin.
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