Homeowners to decide fate of neighborhood gator

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - An alligator may be outgrowing his welcome in a residential pond on an island between the Cooper and Wando rivers in South Carolina.

Resident Angela Boscoe has watched the now 7-foot gator that has lived in the pond at least two years. Boscoe worries what will happen to the animal as the warm weather makes it more mobile and it gets uncomfortably close to neighborhood children and homes.

South Carolina Natural Resources Department regional wildlife coordinator Sam Chappelear says how long the gator gets to stay in the pond is up to the homeowners association. Chappelear says relocation is difficult and zoos rarely want more gators.

That means the animal likely would be killed if it became a nuisance.

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