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.