A 6-foot-long alligator was hit and killed over Memorial Day weekend while trying to cross Highway 74 in Union County.
A driver called 911 to report an alligator in the road at around midnight, just outside the town of Marshville.
Responding Marshville officers said the animal suffered a fatal wound to the head after being struck by a car.
Just got more photos of the Clover alligator from the man who first spotted it. These pix taken before gator was taken to DNR @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/6jAbo4CpsF
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) May 30, 2017
The accident occurred near Stegall Lake where a few residents have noted seeing other gators in the past.
Union County police just released the following audio from the 911 call of the driver:
Wildlife experts say that it’s highly unlikely that the gator was wild, as the closest verified wild alligator that’s ever been documented was in Robeson County, which is 4 counties east of Union.