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Alligator spotted near The Market Common

An alligator has been spotted in The Market Common area. (Source: WMBF News) An alligator has been spotted in The Market Common area. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An alligator has made a new home in The Reserve neighborhood near The Market Common.

Residents went up and down the bike path all day on Monday to try and get a glimpse of their new reptile neighbor.

Many of them said they worry about their children and small pets getting too close.

Susan MacDonald was one of many in The Reserve who came out to see the new alligator, which is between 4 and 5 feet long, swimming just feet from the nearest home. 

"We walk this path frequently to Market Common, so yes, I'm very concerned with the dog walking in the morning," MacDonald said.

Several people voiced the same concerns and worried what might happen the if the alligator gets too close to their child or small pet. 

Experts said the most important rule when dealing with an alligator is to never feed them, as they will associate humans with food. 

"I want him to move. I don't want him to see the animals that come to feed, which are basically baby ducks and the swans,"  said Bonnie Fahey, who lives along the banks of the pond. "So, if he sees something, then he thinks he's got a free meal. So we would like him not to know that and to go someplace else where he thinks he can get better food."

Fahey and others said they have stopped feeding the ducks and hope the alligator will not attack the other animals for food.

In order for the alligator to be removed, it has to be killed, according to state law. Neighbors said, for now, they will keep a close eye on the alligator and just hope he will wonder off.

Experts said the Department of Natural Resources wouldn't usually issue a tag to have such a small alligator removed, unless there were certain circumstances that put people in danger.

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