BLUFFTON, S.C. — Members of a South Carolina residential community have raised concerns over the fate of its resident alligator after a wheelchair-bound man lodged a complaint about its presence.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that “Vinny” will be relocated from a pond on the golf course to elsewhere on the Villas at Old South’s premises Tuesday. If the relocation fails and Vinny returns to the pond, he will be euthanized, by law.

Villas property manager Mark Schaeffer says one resident of the community of 200-250 complained, saying he felt threatened. Schaeffer is complying minimize liability in case of an attack.

Vince “Kiki” Maffo with Critter Management said an examination last month concluded Vinny was a “good gator.”

Villas resident Carrie Quinn says residents have tried to meet with the complainant to no avail.


Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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