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Alligator finds itself fenced in Charleston back yard

Gator in Bolton's Landing (Gareth Hunter) 2.jpg
Alligator in Bolton's Landing back yard. (Gareth Hunter)

A roaming alligator found itself temporarily stuck in a Charleston back yard on Thursday afternoon.

Video shared with ABC News 4 shows the medium-sized alligator trying to finds its way out of a fenced yard in the Bolton's Landing neighborhood, located in West Ashley.

A neighbor spotted the alligator, and alerted the homeowner. The gallivanting 'gator eventually found its way out of the yard and back to a neighborhood pond, the homeowner said.

Alligators are sensitive to habitat loss, and may move from place to place looking for new food-rich wetlands to call home.

This often can lead to alligator inhabiting neighborhood ponds and impoundments near human populations, such as at golf courses.

Such close quarters can lead to problems, as alligators are large animals that can be dangerous to humans and animals while in or near water.

Wildlife experts say you should never feed an alligator, and not to swim in water where alligators live, or approach alligators that are out of water.

To report a nuisance alligator that is a threat to people or domestic animals, contact the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources at one of the following phone numbers:

  • In Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties:
    (843) 953-9856
  • In Darlington, Dillon, Clarendon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg counties:
    (843) 546-6062
  • In Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties:
    (803) 734-3898
  • In Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties:
    (803) 625-3569

CLICK HERE to learn more about alligators from the South Carolina Aquarium.