COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill increasing the penalties for bothering or feeding an alligator in South Carolina has unanimously passed the state House.
The bill would allow a $500 to $1,000 fine for people who “feed, entice, or molest” an alligator. The current fines are $100 to $150. The bill now heads for the Senate.
The bill was written after a social media post in 2020 showed players at a Hilton Head Island mini golf course sitting on top of a restrained alligator and riding it after a crew had removed it from a nearby retaining pond.
The alligator was later euthanized under state policy. A screenshot of the video was show in the House by bill supporters before the vote.
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