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‘New level of stupid’: SC officials search for people who threw carrots at alligator

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(Credit: Fripp Island Activity Center Facebook page)

FRIPP ISLAND, S.C.  — Officials at a South Carolina resort are looking for the people who harassed an 11-foot alligator by throwing carrots at him, calling the action “a new level of stupid.”

The Fripp Island Resort Activity Center posted about the harassment Friday on its Facebook page.

The Island Packet in Hilton Head reports that Fripp Island naturalist Jessica Miller says the people were lucky because the large alligator didn’t respond and later slid back into the water

The Facebook post says Fripp Island has a description of the people who threw carrots. The fine is $200 per carrot thrown.

Violators could also face up to 30 days in jail for feeding alligators if convicted, according to South Carolina state law.

Wildlife experts say that most attacks occur when humans feed, poke or swim near alligators.