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Public help sought in alligator's death

American Alligator | file photo

Enforcement officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for killing an alligator in Sunset Beach in Brunswick County, NC.

The male alligator was found dead at Twin Lakes, near Lake Shore Drive last week by a Sunset Beach resident, who contacted NCWRC Officer Matt Criscoe. While a necropsy was not performed, Officer Criscoe said the alligator appeared to have been shot.

The alligator measured 12 feet, 10 inches, and was estimated by biologists to be more than 50 years old.

Without a special permit during an active population reduction hunting season, it is illegal to hunt alligators in North Carolina.

Anyone who heard gunfire or any loud noises in the Twin Lakes area around March 27th, or who has information about the poached alligator is asked to visit the agency’s WILDTIP page or contact the Wildlife Commission’s NC WILDTIP number, 1-855-WILDTIP.

All tips remain anonymous and citizens providing information about this offense that results in a conviction is eligible for a reward up to $1,000.