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Old 05-13-2018, 09:06 PM
 
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Agreed 100%. Hell I've seen videos of them climbing chain link fences.

However that is a very different thing than virtually every pond or lake in Florida having a gator in it. I submit if you go to your average Florida golf course and count gators in water traps you'll come up well short of 18.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Most of the people buying homes on lakes in Florida do so for the views and/or own boats. They do waterski.
BAck in the day, ca 1966, we called that, "Trolling with live bait."
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:16 PM
 
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Last year there was a barefoot waterski competition in a gator-filled canal that goes through a wildlife preserve.

If you stand on the bank the gators practically come up to you. I assume some fishermen leave scraps behind. Or think it’s funny to toss the scraps...
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:22 PM
 
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I used to water ski in the caloosahatchee river which is brackish. They had glass and a slalom course setup. When you fell it was always a mad dash back to the boat. The engine noise would scare them away though.
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:29 PM
 
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That’s what. I figured; still think I’d worry too much.

Some people paddleboard on the Loxahatchee with their dogs.

It seems (and is 100% true for me) that’s it’s a lot easier to fall off of a paddle board than out of a kayak or canoe.

And the dogs jump off and swim. Disturbs me to no end.

You can be an idiot, just don’t drag your dog in with you.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:48 AM
 
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This is a weee bit of an exaggeration.
Ehh... you'll even find alligators on islands like Sanibel. Not really much of an exaggeration.

Source - saw alligators on Sanibel Island... in freshwater just yards from the beach.
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Old 05-20-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Ehh... you'll even find alligators on islands like Sanibel. Not really much of an exaggeration.

Source - saw alligators on Sanibel Island... in freshwater just yards from the beach.
Yeah pretty much. Iíve seen them in ditches.
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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Any body of water in Florida has gators and snakes and other animals dangerous to humans.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Wow, people are so stupid! Like trying to pet bears at dumps up here. Duh.
We have the same problem at Smokey mountain national park. People approach the bears and elk. They forget that these are wild animals. When something bad happens they will find someone else to blame no doubt. Leave wildlife alone, donít taunt bears, donít swim with gators, donít pick up poison snakes etc., you will live longer.
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