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Alligator captured in Harnett County

Posted June 18, 2008

— An 8-foot alligator has been captured in a Harnett County creek, and state wildlife agents plan to release the reptile near the coast, authorities said.

Harnett County animal control officers and state Wildlife Resources Commission agents captured the gator Sunday evening in a creek off U.S. Highway 401 about a half-mile north of Lillington, authorities said.

Authorities said the gator likely swam up the Cape Fear River, and the wildlife agents planned to relocate the animal back downstream.

The case marks the second time in less than a year that a gator has been found in Harnett County. Last August, a group of residents captured one in a farm pond.


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  • daMoFo Jun 18, 2008

    "I think he was making his way to Ohio to terrorize more Buckeye fans." LOL!!!! A+ for that one!!

  • catwoman1 Jun 18, 2008

    devilwabluedresson and Coach K is great: I thought they were off the list. There are alligator farms-see my info:
    Alligator farming is a big and growing industry in Georgia, Florida, Texas and Louisiana. These states produce a combined annual total of some 45,000 alligator hides. Alligator hides bring good prices and hides in the 6-7 foot range have sold for $300 each, though the price can fluctuate considerably from year to year. The market for alligator meat is growing and approximately 300,000 pounds of meat is produced annually. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, raw alligator meat contains roughly 200 calories per 3oz serving size, of which 27 calories come from fat.

  • Tarheel Army Mom Jun 18, 2008

    Remind me NOT to go out to eat in Harnett County anytime soon.


  • batcave Jun 18, 2008

    you can hunt gators in fla la. s.c. and has been so for some time now.

  • MrQuestions Jun 18, 2008

    The American alligator is no longer an "endangered species" technically, but,"Alligators in North Carolina are protected by law, making it illegal to hunt, trap or injure them." From:

  • Southern Fried Yankee Jun 18, 2008

    Gator luggage on the hoof......

  • Commentor5 Jun 18, 2008

    Wait a minute - please don't take him way - I need some new gator skin boots!!!

  • Adelinthe Jun 18, 2008

    "...wildlife agents planned to relocate the animal back downstream."


    Crikey! Can't they ship him off to FL??? Course they have enough there. sheesh

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • RocknRollDoctor Jun 18, 2008

    Ride the backroads of the Everglades, take a survey of the road ditches and any standing water, then tell me they are endangered.

  • CaptainSpleen Jun 18, 2008

    Alligators haven't been endanged in Florida for decades. You can't kill them there because Florida still has laws on the books unrelated to the Endangered Species Act that forbit it.