Actually, this big guy isn't in my backyard, but he is at a nice lake about 3 miles from my house. He came right up to our boat. We found the big sweety was partial to marshmallows.
In N.C.? I didn't realize they made it that far north?
Gators are actually fairly docile if you just leave them alone. There's a donut shack in Gulf Shores, AL that has a pond off to the side of it where a couple of large turtles, a few large catfish and an alligator live. Every morning, they take the donuts that didn't sell the day before and put them out for customers to throw in the pond and feed the gator. He was the fattest 6-foot gator I've ver seen.