Alligator Ties Up Traffic in N.C.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) _ An 8-foot alligator tied up traffic on a Robeson County road until game wardens pulled it into nearby woods.
The alligator crawled onto N.C. 211 on Thursday to bask in the warmth of the pavement and sunshine, said Sgt. Craig Ferguson of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Ferguson said the alligator may have been living in a swamp near the road. He said the animal was slightly injured when a vehicle hit it and it had crawled to the road’s shoulder.
Onlookers tried to drag it back to the highway to a pond.
``Alligators are generally not a nuisance to humans until humans interact with them,″ he said, adding that it became a hazard after drivers pulled over or slowed down to look at the alligator.
Wardens used a strap to tow the reptile 20 feet into the woods, Ferguson said.