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Old 05-11-2018, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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A gator over 9 feet long was taken from a canal behind Kitty Hawk, NC last week. News photos are available with a search. A day later unconfirmed photos of what was alleged to be the same gator hanging from a front end loader appeared on FB.
The crew that captured, tagged, and released the gator was a pair of State naturalists who said they did not have the authority to kill or relocate the animal.
People were warned by the KH police to be on the alert and protect their pets and children. Alligators are a protected animal.

This is the sort of mentality that will get people eaten. One female alligator can produce hundreds of hungry offspring that can quickly grown and be a threat to the human community.
Any alligator north of Jacksonville is out of their natural habitat and should be killed.
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I will never understand why people in Florida go swimming in these kinds of places.
like anywhere in Florida
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Under Moon & Star
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Any alligator north of Jacksonville is out of their natural habitat and should be killed.
That would be news to the 200,000 alligators in Georgia and the 100,000 alligators in South Carolina (not to mention the hundreds of alligators in North Carolina).

By the way, they're game species in all three of those states. Kill one just because it's there? That's called poaching. It's illegal, and wildlife management tends to come down really hard on poachers by way of fines.
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Southern West Virginia
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I would be just as concerned about the brain eating bacteria in stagnant, warm water in FL just as much as I would be worried about alligators. Alligators are scarier to think about though, I guess because it is such a primal fear.
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:20 AM
 
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I fear lightning more than gators. Gators are predators but honestly not that bright. I wouldn't buy a house on a big freshwater lake nor would I swim in one in Florida.
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:36 PM
 
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I fear lightning more than gators. Gators are predators but honestly not that bright. I wouldn't buy a house on a big freshwater lake nor would I swim in one in Florida.
Most of the people buying homes on lakes in Florida do so for the views and/or own boats. They do waterski.
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:44 PM
 
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Another Monster of the Swamp

This all brings to mind, something a bit different, but potentially also dangerous. There are alligator snapping turtles in the South and they have been estimated to reach as much as 200 to 400 lbs., in size. They have large and powerful jaws. They can hold their breath for long periods and often rest on the bottom of a pond. If someone was wading there and stepped on one--------!

About ten years ago, someone saw one of these monsters on the bank of a pond, in the middle of our city. It was estimated at 80 lbs. in size. Someone must have planted it there, when it was much smaller. I will never go wading or swimming there again or any place there is murky water. With all these released pet alligators, turtles and snakes, there is no place in the U. S. that is guaranteed to be free of them, at least during the warm half of the year.

Now, watch this video and be shocked by the jaws on the turtle that is shown. Anyone who thought Steve Irwin was crazy? This guy has him beat by a long ways.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT2eLretCWE

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/a...apping-turtle/
Pretty wild, that is one impressive turtle. Thanks for the links.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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A gator over 9 feet long was taken from a canal behind Kitty Hawk, NC last week. News photos are available with a search. A day later unconfirmed photos of what was alleged to be the same gator hanging from a front end loader appeared on FB.
The crew that captured, tagged, and released the gator was a pair of State naturalists who said they did not have the authority to kill or relocate the animal.
People were warned by the KH police to be on the alert and protect their pets and children. Alligators are a protected animal.

This is the sort of mentality that will get people eaten. One female alligator can produce hundreds of hungry offspring that can quickly grown and be a threat to the human community.
Any alligator north of Jacksonville is out of their natural habitat and should be killed.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:24 PM
 
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Virtually any pond or lake here in Florida has at least one gator in it.
This is a weee bit of an exaggeration.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:54 PM
 
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This is a weee bit of an exaggeration.
An exaggeration, but a potentially any can have a gator in it. Even swimming pools can potentially have one, so check before jumping in, lol.
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