The alligator is “actively fed” by the man, the officials said.
An alligator was spotted in the vicinity of the barracks of the Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the officials said.
A video posted on the air station Facebook page, shows the gator out of the water, quickly move in the direction of the videographer as he or she throws a blade of grass in the direction of the. The gator, who is “actively fed” by the man, probably thought that eat the grass.
“Unfortunately, people have been actively feeding this alligator that is why it moved in the direction of the camera when a piece of grass was thrown,” the Marine Corps Air Station New River, wrote in a Facebook post.
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“Not only illegal, feeding an alligator is dangerous and creates a safety issue as they accustomed to be fed by humans,” the officials added.
Wildlife staff on the New River was the first to spot the gator, which is estimated to be 6 metres long Military.com reported.
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“It was the track of these officials when they visit the pond and started swimming in the direction of them,” Kirk Kropinack, director of the air station, the installation and environment department, told Military.com.
In the past, gators are found on the basis of the parking spaces and the airport.
“In the case of this specific alligator, plans were in the works to capture and move to a remote location elsewhere on the installation,” the Marine Corps Air Station New River, said. However, the gator moved to an unknown location for the officials were able to catch it.
Officials at two Marine Corps bases — Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River — someone who spots an alligator and is of the opinion that it is a safety concern to call wildlife officials.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.