In N.C.? I didn't realize they made it that far north?
THere's a river in tidal NC called the Alligator River, based on the historical reality. Back when gators were hunted without restriction, the population plunged, and they became very scarce, but with protection the numbers have rebounded nicely. Now that the earth is warming, I think it's only a matter of time before they extend their range north into the Great Dismal Swamp, Va., if they aren't there already.