Rain, fall weather expected to lead to more gator sightings

(Photo: The Island Packet, Ed Thompson)

BEAUFORT, SC (AP) — Recent heavy rains and the arrival of fall weather are expected to mean more alligator sightings in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the coming weeks.

Joe Maffo of the Critter Management company tells The Island Packet of Hilton Head that as the cooler weather arrives, alligators are on the move to places to hibernate for the winter.

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Experts say the recent heavy rains in the state will mean more freshwater areas where alligators can stay.

Cliff Boatright of Tracks Wildlife Control in Beaufort advises motorists to avoid alligators they see on roads, especially along highways with fast-moving traffic. Those who see an alligator should notify law enforcement on a non-emergency number.

Boatright says people should not stop by the road and try to take a picture.

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