Sunday, May 28, 2006

Carolina gator catcher

We may have to call '06 as springtime of the gator. Not to be upstaged by Florida gators, the N&O profiles Wilmington gator wrangler Jimmy English. The increase of coastal area subdivisions has moved humans and gators closer together in NC. He has a permit to catch gators in several Brunswick County subdivisions. He releases the catch into more secluded swamps.

English is certainly worth a profile. You may call this his business philosophy:

"More habitat, more Yankees, more gators," English said. "I love 'em all. If it wasn't for these Yankees scared to death of every little snake, I wouldn't have no job."

He also has worked on movie sets to keep gators and other creepy crawlies away from the stars.

Good read.

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