Officers responding to alligator calls need to “watch out for the teeth and the tail — the tail sometimes causes more injuries because we forget about the teeth, but the tail is super powerful,” Ella explicó.
Early spring and summer is prime time for alligator encounters, according to Bayles. That’s because this is the animals’ mating season, asi que “males go looking for females, moving to different ponds.”
“They get confused,” ella dijo. “We’ve built up neighborhoods all around their environment, their habitat.”
During this time of the year, their department receives as many as one alligator-related call a day, said Bayles. They prioritize moving the alligators to secluded areas “so they can peacefully live with as little harassment and interaction with people as possible.”
Commenting on the attention the video of her team capturing the gator has received, Bayles told CNN that she has “loved the opportunity to talk to people and bring awareness to the fact that we have to coexist with these guys.”
“We have to share the earth,” ella dijo. “I’ve loved the opportunity to educate.”
The department also lauded the staff’s response to the misguided gator.
“Not your everyday arrest
!” wrote the department on Facebook
. “Our team showed no fear and got the job done
! You never know what you’ll encounter as an Officer
Alligators make their homes across South Carolina’s coastal marshlands
, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
. It is against the law to feed or harass alligators in the state