DNR cuts ties with wildlife specialist who killed Folly Beach gator

DNR cuts ties with wildlife specialist who killed Folly Beach gator

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has cut ties with a wildlife specialist who shot and killed an alligator on Folly Beach, according to a spokesman for the agency.

Robert McCullough confirms the agency cut ties with the specialist following the May 15 incident in which a 10-foot alligator was shot in the head.

Several beachgoers complained after the gator was killed, but the specialist said the gator was sick and too large to relocate.

An agency spokesman previously said a lone DNR agent could not wrangle the gator by himself, and that shooting the animal was in the interest of human safety.

McCullough says the Folly Beach incident was one of several that were "not up to the standards" of the agency.

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