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captured alligatorIt’s becoming more and more common these days to run into an alligator, whether near your home, in the park, or somewhere else. Now wildlife researchers in Raleigh are interested in finding out why.

Lindsay Garner - graduate studentNorth Carolina State University student Lindsey Garner spent this summer and last summer counting alligators in the swamps, rivers, and marshes of eastern North Carolina so researchers can estimate the state’s current alligator population.

Garner’s research will inform alligator management planning by the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission. She is a graduate student in NC State’s College of Natural Resources.