Alligator found dead in gated coastal community

Gator Dead
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(From the Associated Press) Local law enforcement speculate on the death a gator in a gated community on the South Carolina coast. The manager of a gated community on the South Carolina coast says a dead alligator found on the property had been shot. Hilton Head Plantation general manager Peter Kristian says the alligator carcass was collected and removed last week.

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Kristian said he suspects the gator was shot elsewhere and then dumped in his gated community, because none of the residents reported hearing gunfire. It's a misdemeanor to kill an alligator under South Carolina law unless someone has a permit to hunt them during the designated fall hunting season. An alligator was captured at Hilton Head Plantation and euthanized in September after it attacked a woman walking her dog.