Untamed Lowcountry

Yikes: 9-foot alligator climbs to 2nd-story porch of Lowcountry home

It’s that time of the year again in the Lowcountry when alligators are found scrambling in strange places and scaring the heck out of residents in the process.

It happened again in the early hours of Easter. A Mount Pleasant family woke up to a terrifying Easter surprise: An alligator crawling on their second-story porch.

According to WCBD, Steve Polston came upon a 9-foot alligator that had busted through a screen door and moved furniture around the porch. The animal climbed a 15-foot staircase to get to the porch.

The family called DNR and an official had to euthanize the alligator because it could not be moved, according to the Post and Courier.

State law used to require alligators that were trapped after being a nuisance to be killed, but that law has changed, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources biologist Jay Butfiloski, recently told the Island Packet.

“We have changed our protocol in recent years so that not all nuisance alligators are killed,” he said in a previous interview. “In some cases, relocation would be allowed with certain conditions. A lot would depend on location as well as the animal’s behavior.”

South Carolina alligators move more in the springtime, as they make their way into warmer waters after hibernating during the winter and their movement patterns change as it gets closer to mating season. Last year, an alligator rang a doorbell, and one really big guy fell asleep on a porch.

Correction: A previous version of this story said all alligators that were trapped after being a nuisance. The law has recently changed.

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