Columbus County Local Alligators
Lake Waccamaw Alligators
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that feeding
or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina, as is alligator
hunting or otherwise killing an alligator.
Alligators are fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during warmer months.
“If you encounter a gator, please give it plenty of space. Leave it
alone. Do not approach it or follow it. If you go away, chances are it
will go away.”
Alligators are usually shy and secretive. Alligators typically do not
stay in one area for an extended period of time. They move considerable
distances and will eventually leave on their own.
“Residents may unintentionally provide easy food sources for alligators
when they feed other wild animals, such as ducks and geese,” said
Jonathan Shaw, a wildlife biologist with the Commission. “Intentional or
unintentional feeding can cause an alligator to lose its natural fear
of people, making it more likely to approach someone and cause
Only authorized wildlife biologists and wildlife officers can remove
problem alligators. In most instances, it is not necessary to do
anything other than leave an alligator alone. To report an alligator
problem, wildlife harassment or other violation, call 1-800-662-7137.