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Old 06-10-2016, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Yeah, no.

Sorry but that's just a completely inaccurate and foolish statement.
Oh really?
I guess you know better than those who study animal behavior for a living, yes?
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:50 AM
 
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Then it would be time to relocate it to an area without this type of development. Still no need to kill it, unless one is trying to discover the contents of its stomach.

I am a tree hugging, animals rights person....so that is how I see it.
That's what they will do, check contents of stomach. They need to find which gator it was because once they no loner fear humans they become more of a danger. Unfortunately there may be more than 1 gator so more than one could be killed if they don't get the right one first. They are no longer endangered so when very large ones are seen in ponds, canals, places close to houses etc, they usually are killed rather than relocated.
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Old 06-10-2016, 08:21 AM
 
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Alligators are opportunists. It's possible that tigers, lions etc would get "a taste for human flesh" because of our high salt content. They like salt. They are apparently more intelligent than reptiles.

Alligators have great tastebuds and do not like salt. Attacking a human would be more likely due to opportunity or habituation. Why target what you don't even like, unless you're desperate?

I've spent a few years studying Cooper's hawks. Being accipiters, their favored prey is other birds. If there aren't enough birds around for them they will kill squirrels, bugs, mice, baby mammals etc. It's a matter of necessity and opportunity.
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Old 06-10-2016, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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So alligator experts, I like to venture out on kayaks at state parks where alligator precautions are posted......do gators mess with you usually are do they mind their own business if you don't provoke.
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Old 06-10-2016, 08:43 AM
 
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They usually mind their own business. The problems happen if someone before you had provoked or habituated them.

There is a huge one at a refuge near me that comes close to the shore/ dock because fishermen/women have fed him. Fortunately he doesn't go near the boat launch.

Crocodiles are a different story altogether. They are naturally more aggressive and they love salt lol.

If you're kayaking/hiking and need to pass a gator , make sure he has an "out" and go behind his tail end if the situation merits.

But if one is swimming or looking in your direction don't panic!

There's one that likes to lounge with half his body across the trail here. Fortunately , he faces towards the water and his tail and butt are on the trail. We have been respectfully stepping over his tail or walking around it for a few years. But it is spooky as he still does it. Either he doesn't perceive us as a threat or he's waiting for the kill.

The good news is that he still has enough fear to leave the trail if someone is noisy and deliberately scares him off.
Of course be extra aware during mating season and when you see babies or hear their distinctive "chirp"- it's good to know gator sounds. Be aware of whatever could be a possible gator hole, etc.

Not to scare you, but watch if one goes under the water near your kayak. Not that they'd do anything intentionally, they just might not realize you're there or think you are something else when it's time for them to surface. And don't drag you hands/arms in the water. I once saw a guy on the Lox River napping like that!

I met an old guy near Everglades National Park who goes out in an inflatable boat. He's been doing it forever. I asked him if , in addition to the other puncture hazards, he is afraid a gator would bite his boat.

He said he just bops them on the nose and they go away.
I'm sure you already know to be extra careful when launching from a grassy area.
When I was a kid we canoed often at Fisheating Creek. It seems like the place was packed with gators but we never worried about them. Maybe it was the times.

The real worry was the huge Brahma bulls crossing the water as this was when the Lykes family let you pass through their property.

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Old 06-10-2016, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Not hearing about an epidemic of kayaker getting attacked.....so hope it's safe to kayak.......as for the guy eaten......wouldn't be surprised if there was foul play beforehand then someone fed his body to the gator.......
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