Alligators are being spotted earlier than normal in the Lowcountry this year.
Joe Maffo, the owner of Critter Management, said he's already had six calls to remove alligators from properties.
Usually those calls don't come until the end of April, he said.
"They hibernate, and they usually are not seen unless the sun is out and it's nice and warm," he said. "This year we've had an extremely warm winter."
He caught his first alligator of the season Monday in the Pinecrest neighborhood of Bluffton. The alligator, which was about six feet long, had reportedly killed a dog and been found on a resident's back deck.
Maffo said he planned to relocate the alligator.
He's also received a call from Michael C. Riley Elementary School. The school saw a gator nearby last week, principal Adrienne Sutton said.
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