- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) - An alligator has made an appearance on the shores of an Isle of Palms beach.

The Post and Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1SyuUID) the first sighting of the gator occurred Monday evening on the beach near 42nd Avenue. A crowd gathered, and Isle of Palms police contacted the state Department of Natural Resources to deal with the alligator. By the time authorities arrived, the reptile had disappeared into the surf.

Police Chief Thomas Buckhannon says the alligator turned up again Tuesday in a tidal pool nearby and was removed.

Alligators sometimes show up on Lowcountry beaches. Department of Natural Resources First Sgt. Angus McBride says that as waters warm, male alligators are looking to mate, and bigger males will push out the younger males.

State law requires that removed alligators be euthanized.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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