10-foot, 400-pound alligator found in SC lake

10-foot, 400-pound alligator found in SC lake. (Courtesy Ray Loflin [left] and Matt Johnson [right])

BENNETSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE) - Ray Loflin with DreamScape Outdoors Animal Control said he trapped and killed a 10-foot, 400-pound alligator Wednesday night in the water at Lake Paul Wallace in Bennettsville.

Loflin is a nuisance wildlife control operator for the State of South Carolina, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Loflin said he trapped and killed an alligator at the lake last year and came back Wednesday after realizing more gators were in the water.

He added the alligators are coming from Burnt Factory Pond by way of a stream that flows into the lake.

Loflin and his team we able to trap the alligator and battled it for nearly four hours before they could shoot it.

"Once you get, snags him, you can get him up to the bank. And close enough where you can get a kill shot in him. He was shot twice," Loflin said.

Matt Johnson said he helped Loflin and his team catch the gator. Johnson said it wasn't easy at all.

"It was a good fight. I mean, he was a strong gator. He was a good, mature gator. He popped up on us while we sitting there waiting on him. And when he popped up, we threw gator hooks and hooked him on the side," Johnson said.

Loflin said he had to shoot the alligator twice.

He added they then dragged the gator out of the water.

SCDNR'S website says in South Carolina, nuisance alligators should be reported to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

It says licensed trappers have been permitted by the SCDNR to remove and dispatch of any alligator who may exhibit aggressiveness, habituated behavior toward humans (most likely from feeding), illness/injury, or inhabit a recreational swimming area.

SCDNR added alligators can be shot during night or day and to be careful while shooting over water because of the risk of ricochet.

Alligators in water sink almost immediately when shot, making them difficult to recover with gaff or snatch hooks, especially in a current or heavy vegetation, according to the website.

Loflin said he knows there's at least one more alligator in the water at Lake Paul Wallace and he'll be back Thursday to trap it.