Learning to Live With Alligators
Lake Worth Drainage District provides information on learning how to safely live with alligators:
Alligator sightings may occur anywhere there is water such as lakes, ponds and man-made canals. Although almost exclusively a fresh-water species, they have also been found in brackish water and marine environments.
While alligators and Floridians usually coexist peacefully, there has been recorded attacks and occasional fatalities. The key to staying safe is being alert to the possibility of an alligator's presence.
Residents should not swim or wade in areas where alligators are likely to inhabit, especially at dusk or night when they naturally feed. Feeding of alligators in Florida is illegal. When people feed alligators, it causes them to lose their natural fear and to associate humans with food. It is important to keep children and pets away from the water's edge wherever alligators are likely to be present. Do not allow dogs to swim or explore waters that are known to have alligators because dogs look like prey to alligators. There are far more alligator attacks on dogs than on humans. An alligator's prey selection seems based mostly on size of the potential prey, rather than recognition of specific animal or species.
If there is a nuisance alligator in your neighborhood, contact your local or regional Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) office or call 1-866-FWC-GATOR. If the alligator is deemed to be a threat to the public, a licensed trapper will be sent to remove it. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website at www.myfwc.com for more information.
From LWDD's February "Reflections"
For complete article: