Alligator wrangler Joe Maffo is a caring, gentle person. He cares for our environment -- the same environment we all came here for, which includes the trees dripping with Spanish moss, and the deer, alligators and other wildlife.
But across the country, people have cleared land and scattered native species. The cycle has been repeated since our ancestors moved out West. We have a chance to learn from our mistakes by becoming better stewards of the environment and by not "harvesting" wildlife -- a term used so we don't have to say "kill."
Shame on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for punishing someone who saved a large, old alligator that wasn't a nuisance. Instead, the agency should focus its efforts on educating humans not to antagonize, feed, get close to them, etc. The alligator is not an attack animal unless provoked or threatened. We are the invaders, along with our pets and property development. This was and should still be their land. We humans must learn to share the world with them.
Good for the Joe Maffos of the world for trying to preserve what little natural land and animals we have left. Keep up the good fight. We who love nature support you.
Hilton Head Island