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WILMINGTON,NC (WECT)- It's nothing new-- alligators live in Greenfield Lake. However, Wilmington Parks and Recreation officials want to urge, especially during the tourism season "don't feed the gators."
People have posted gators sighting pictures on Facebook and have called the WECT newsroom, concerned about alligators crawling on to land more often-- serving as a threat to ducks, small dogs and even children.
There hasn't been an increase in gator danger reports in the Parks and Recreation Department, however, experts add that feeding the alligators is a recipe for something bad to happen.
Here's the issue with feeding: Gators see humans as a threat, at first. However, when humans frequently feed the gators, their innate fear goes away, and eventually the gator gets used to the human and doesn't hesitate to approach the food provider, instinctively searching for something to eat.
Ponds and waterways at golf courses and high-density housing, create a similar problem when alligators become accustomed to living near people.
If you don't bother or feed the gators, they're likely to not pay attention to you.
As far as the removal of gators, removal is on a "threat" basis, not a "nuisance" basis.
Alligators are among the largest animals in North America. Males can attain a size of more than 14 feet (4.3 m) and 1,000 pounds (473 kg). Females can exceed 10 feet (3.1 m) and 250 pounds (116 kg).