A 12-foot, 800-pound gator was an unusual victim of reckless driving in North Carolina. The alligator was fatally struck by a moving vehicle in Dare County on Sunday night.
It took a road crew and a machine to move the alligator’s body, which was 12 feet and 4 inches long and weighed in at over 800 pounds.
Jay Eddy, a Wildlife Officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told WAVY that the gator was killed just before midnight along Highway 64.
According to the FWS website, alligators in the northeastern North Carolina region are not as uncommon as one might expect. WTKR reports that Service staffers are aware of their presence in the area—the dead gator was found within the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge— but there has been little research into their populations.
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How the mighty crocodilian’s body will be disposed of remains a mystery. As one internet commentator remarked, “Don't they pay good money for gators...”