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Wildlife officials remove 9-foot alligator from North Carolina neighborhood

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – A group of North Carolina residents are happy to say goodbye to an unwanted neighbor – a nine-foot alligator.

WWAY reported that wildlife officials removed the alligator from a subdivision in the New Hanover community of Odgen on Saturday.

One neighbor said they waited a few weeks to see if the alligator would go away but finally decided to call wildlife officials. That neighbor took photos of the alligator.

The neighborhood’s homeowner association said it is the first alligator they have seen in 20 years. Neighbors did not say whether or not the alligator ever harmed anyone.

A wildlife official told the TV station he’s not sure where the alligator came from but it could have been from a nearby creek.

The alligator was taken to a release site at the Holly Shelter Game Reserve, according to WWAY. Residents said they’re glad the alligator is gone.