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Old 05-10-2018, 08:15 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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Wow, people are so stupid! Like trying to pet bears at dumps up here. Duh.
Or live on a volcano?
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Sometimes, the gator will drag the body to its lair. You won't always find the remains in a pond.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:10 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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People have no idea how fierce alligators can be. They are nothing to be trifled with.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRbwomm539M
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Sorry, I am a chicken..............anywhere there is the remote possibility of sharks or gators, no way I am swimming.

Even though I spent a long time designing and building a good sea kayak, I never go paddling in the ocean or any connected body of water that's close to it. There's been numerous swimmers and surfers attacked by great white sharks along our coast, in the past decade.

With global warming, maybe we'll have alligators here eventually. They are moving their range farther north. The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, near Huntsville, Alabama was for years, the most northerly place they were found. But recently, they've shown up as far north as Massachusetts and North Dakota. Read the article linked below. The author attributes the alligators in those areas to being pets that were released, but there have been a few larger ones seen recently in West Tennessee, north of their previous range and I don't think anyone would have kept them as pets, unless it was in a zoo.

https://www.today.com/news/gators-br...t-wbna38839246

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_alligator

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Old 05-11-2018, 12:52 AM
 
Location: El paso,tx
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People have no idea how fierce alligators can be. They are nothing to be trifled with.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRbwomm539M
That made me sad...generally a gator would only do that if protecting her nest of eggs. He probably drove over it.
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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Virtually any pond or lake here in Florida has at least one gator in it. The community I live in has several lakes on it, and each one has a few of them in there. You have to be smarter than they are and not put yourself at risk.

I have had gators approach my boat, especially during mating season, and act aggressively.
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:48 AM
 
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Lots of head scratching regarding this story.


The witness said he saw a shirtless teen boy, through BINOCULARS in a fenced off retention pond. The witness says the boy yells "It bit me" and then disappears into the water.


The police, INSTEAD find the body of a young woman, partially clothed, with no signs of attack or trauma.


Hmmmm....I think it's time to talk to that witness some more.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Florida averages a gator fatality every five to ten years. That may be because most people stay away from them.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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This reminds me of that incident in Belize, where a group of teens from FL were on a school field trip, and the last one left in the swimming area on the riverfront called for help, and disappeared. Everyone said they didn't hear his cries for help.

Does anyone have an update on that case? The mother was going to sue the school, was the last that was posted here.
It sounds like an urban legend. If no one heard his cries for help, how do they know he cried for help?
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Even in North Texas, golfers are wary of standing bodies of water.
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