South Carolina resident Shari Sebuck said she was in shock when she saw how a 7-foot alligator trying to scale a fence in her neighborhood on May 21.
(Thanks Shari Sebuck)
A 7-foot alligator tried to evade the trappers in a South Carolina neighborhood last week by scaling a 4-meter high wooden fence.
Shari Sebuck looked at the wild scene in her Planters Pointe neighborhood in Mount Pleasant. The residents call the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) after spotting the gator for a walk along the streets and the “greeting” elementary school students at a nearby bus stop.
“The police were here to keep the people off the street and everyone was waiting for the ‘trapper’, the Planters Pointe resident Shari Sebuck told Fox News.
“I’ve never seen an alligator scale a fence. I took a picture, so my two boys would believe me…”
– Shari Sebuck
When a South Carolina DNR warden arrived on the scene, the gator disappeared into the backyard of a neighbor. The gator paused as the warden approached, tapping with a stick on the ground to stop the gator.
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“Every time the gator began to move, the DNR people would tap a stick on the ground,” Sebuck explained. “He was reacting to the vibrations on the ground, I think, and would freeze. He would then try to move again in a few minutes. Again the tapping.”
Realizing he was trapped, the gator then tried to climb over a fence. But the guard began to tap again, making the gator back to the ground just as another “hero” trapper came to safely capture and transport the creature.
Sebuck lived in Florida for 18 years and has spent the past 17 years in South Carolina, so she is used to the sight of the scaly reptile, but she had to admit, she had never seen anything quite like.
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“I’ve never seen an alligator scale a fence. I took a picture, so my two boys would believe me, because they were at school,” Sebuck said.
Sebuck shared the “incredible” photo on Facebook on May 21, commented, “This is crazy.” The photo led to dozens of responses from surprised local population.
“Crazy picture… I can’t believe that this is in your neighborhood,” a Facebook user commented.
“It doesn’t really!!!!!!” another added.
“He is HUGE!!! That is so scary,” a woman answered.
A user alerted people in the vicinity to keep an eye on their pets, which Sebuck agreed was a good tip. There was recently a “tragic accident” with a small dog in the area, ” she said.
“There is a lot of new development in our region and I think, like the deer, they are forced out of their habitat and looking for new homes,” Sebuck proposed. “In addition, people, especially of our northern transplants, do not understand how dangerous they can be, and why would you not feed them. I think people are starting to understand.”
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This is the fifth gator that has been removed from the neighborhood so far this year, Sebuck said, adding that the creatures seem more “abundance and aggressive” this year than usual.
Alligators are more active as the temperature rises, Tammy Sapp, spokeswoman for the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP), warned in March.
“[They] are more visible and active in the spring,” Snapp told Fox News. “Their metabolism increases, and they start looking for prey.”
South Carolina residents are requested to contact their local DNR to report alligators “causing problems.”