Massive Alligator Caught Not Once, But Twice, near Hilton Head, S.C.

Finding an alligator prowling around the area is something that residents in the southeastern part of the country are relatively accustomed to dealing with. But finding monster—not once, but twice—that looks like it walked right out of a Discovery Channel special? That's a little less common.

Finding an alligator prowling around the area is something that residents in the southeastern part of the country are relatively accustomed to dealing with—but finding a 12-foot monster that looks like it walked right out of a Discovery Channel special? That's a little less common. Even more so when it turns up a second time.

That's essentially what happened in Hilton Head, S.C., according to a report from The Island Packet. Last week, Critter Management owner Joe Maffo was called to help take care of one massive gator—which he estimated was 12-feet, 8-inches long and weighed nearly a half-ton—that had appeared on a local roadway. Maffo and his team showed up, wrangled the big ol' reptile and ultimately released it at the point of a local creek, expecting that it would decide Hilton Head was too much trouble and head for greener pastures.

They were wrong. The next day, Maffo responded to another call on the island—and came face-to-face with the same gator. He and his team corralled it, again, and released it—again. This time he chose a spot near a wildlife refuge. Someone managed to get some video of the monster during the release, which you'll find at the bottom of this post.

The Associated Press is reporting that the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is actually planning on investigating the case, since "nuisance" alligators are typically eliminated, rather than re-released, for the safety of the public.

Get a look at the gargantuan gator yourself in the video embedded below.

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1 Response to Massive Alligator Caught Not Once, But Twice, near Hilton Head, S.C.

Hilton Head Rose wrote:
June 08, 2014

I've been a 26-year resident of HHI, and I love to see the gators. You have to have respect for them though...and they're more scared of us than we are of them. But, yes, there is a but. Some of them have been fed -- even though it's state law not to feed them -- so they have a taste now. That's when they come out of the lagoons looking for their next taste. Small warm-blooded animals like your dog or mine that might happen to be out in your own backyard and gets a little too close to the pond or lake or drainage ditch or creek bed. My dog and I walked past the large lagoon in Treetops this morning which is right in the heart of tourist-central HHI. He was laying in the shallows near the edge just about ten feet below us. I think he's about 9-10 feet -- he's really wide across the back and a very mature specimen. He startles easily and decided when he saw us to take a swim out further. They're really magnificent creatures -- especially to someone who grew up in cornfields! I also know they're very fast when they want to be so I make sure we stay where the bank drops off many feet so he can't climb out. Unless they've been proven dangerous, I don't think they should be destroyed -- except maybe the really large ones over maybe 10 feet. By that time they're pretty dangerous just due to their size. Their tails can take out the whole wheel of your car if you meet up with one on the road. But I think to a point we just have to learn to coexist and respect their space. Just weed out the big ones and bad ones when you can.