What to do if you see an alligator in the Lowcountry
When Jo Brunson of Bluffton heard a strange knocking sound at her front door Tuesday afternoon, her first thought was a news report she’d read about a woman finding an alligator on her porch.
Before answering the knock, she told the story to her 15-year-old twins — a son and a daughter.
“They kind of laughed,” she said.
But then she opened the door of her Lawton Station home. And closed it quickly.
“It’s an alligator,” she told her children.
They didn’t believe her.
“No, it literally is an alligator,” she told them.
She said the gator was 3- to 4-feet long and was looking right at her.
“I opened the door, and I saw his mouth,” she said. “There it was, just sitting there.”
She said the street she lives along was busy at the time.
“People were walking up and down the street ... going to the pool and riding their bikes,” Brunson said.
“He didn’t seem to be afraid of us,” she said.
She called the police and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and she left a message for a local wildlife relocation business. Ultimately, though, she decided to take a wait-and-see approach regarding her gator guest.
After about 40 minutes, the alligator lost interest in the Brunson family’s porch.
“Later on, it just moseyed over past the garage into the hedges,” Brunson said.
Brunson said there are several lagoons nearby, and the family has seen alligators there in the five years they’ve lived in the neighborhood.
“We’ve had alligators come up right to the fence,” she said, “but we’ve never had one come to the front door.”