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800-pound gator hit by car in Dare County

Posted May 26, 2014

An 800-pound, 12-foot alligator was hit by a vehicle Sunday night in Dare County. (Photo courtesy WAVY)

— Crews needed heavy machinery to remove an alligator after it was hit by a vehicle in Dare County Sunday night. The gator was almost 12 and a half feet long and weighed at least 800 pounds, Jay Eddy, wildlife officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told WAVY.com

Eddy said the alligator was killed just before midnight along Highway 64 between Milltail Road and Creef Cut.


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  • jmcdow2792 May 27, 2014

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    I believe they are protected in NC as a state endangered but not in other states south of here.

  • Christopher Byrne May 27, 2014
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    Time to take them off the endangered list. Killing one is a federal offense. The driver hauled tail, fearing he'd get fined. They're everywhere. With global warming and all, they'll be up in Detroit before you know it.

  • Eq Videri May 27, 2014
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    Handbag sale at Stein Mart!

  • anon022 May 27, 2014

    I would imagine that gator did some damage to whoever hit it. That's one big alligator!!

  • fifefan4life May 27, 2014

    Poor Wally Gator. How'd he get in the grass? Did the sheriff tie him to his car and pull him over there?

  • sinenomine May 27, 2014

    I love the way the deputy has posed his/her car beside the gator, perhaps to give a sense of scale to the animal. I'm surprised the gator didn't eat the car that hit him.

  • Forthe Newssite May 27, 2014
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    not to mention that swerving on that stretch of road could well put you in a ditch/canal etc.

  • busyb97 May 27, 2014

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    Why does it have to be a drunk driver?? If YOU came across a black gator, laying on black pavement at MIDNIGHT, do you honestly think you'd see it and be able to avoid it? Especially given that it would go across the entire lane of highway (assuming it was crossing the road in some way, not just along the side).

    No way you could miss it without getting into a major accident trying to swerve and miss it.

  • Chase Truman May 27, 2014
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    How sad.

  • Itsmyopinion67 May 27, 2014

    You can make a lot of shoes out of that big boy!