JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A Jacksonville public safety officer shot and killed a 500-pound alligator after it ate an 80-pound Husky that was walking with its owner.
Amy Matz was walking 9-month-old Simba at dusk Tuesday when he ran to the edge of the water near a local shopping center to take a drink and was grabbed by the 12-foot reptile.
Public safety and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials searched for the alligator Wednesday morning in Mill Creek, which comes of out of the New River.
Authorities discussed relocating the animal, but wildlife biologist Robbie Norville said that it was too big to be moved. In the interest of public safety, they decided it had to be killed.
A public safety officer shot the alligator, which disappeared below the surface of the water. Its body was recovered later in the afternoon.