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Gator caught at Carteret County nursery

By Jon Erickson
Published On: Oct 04 2012 10:25:48 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 04 2012 05:44:34 PM CDT
CEDAR POINT -

Wildlife officials planned to release an alligator back into the wild Thursday after the animal was found at a Carteret County business.

A customer found the gator at Redfearn's Nursery, along Hwy. 24 in Cedar Point, at 8 a.m., according to the nursery's owner Judy Redfearn.

When Redfearn saw it, she "screamed."

Robbie Norville, a state wildlife biologist, estimated the gator to be 8 feet long.

He and a crew taped the gator's jaw shut after pacifying the animal with a wire around its neck.

Norville believes the alligator was on its way to a winter den.

"He probably thought he was camouflaged" among the plants, Norville said.

After word spread about the gator's presence, at least a dozen people stopped at the business to snap a picture.

No one was hurt.

Norville planned to release the gator into the White Oak River.