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Old 12-07-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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I am considering moving to Dallas area. Came across this article and it sounds spooky.. I am living in the northeast and I'd take a bear any day over alligators..

Gators get their move on in Texas

This guy says :
"Draw a line down I-35, from the Oklahoma border to the Rio Grande. Any county east of that line can have alligators," says Amos Cooper, Texas Parks and Wildlife's alligator program leader...

Now looking at the map Dallas and plano, frisco, Rockwall, Allen, McKinney areas fall east of I 35.

Have you guys seen any of these reptiles? I mean people say they visit your backyard swimming pool. I thought that nightmare was limited to those poor souls in Florida.. not in TX.. The last thing I want is move half way across the country and see a freakin gator on my backyard. Before you know I will be putting the house back on the market and head back north even in the middle of school year!!

Maybe I should think twice.. I mean Grizzlies are looking friendly to me now!!
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Litchfield Park, AZ
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You might find a gator here and there further down south in the outlying areas of Houston, but seeing one in DFW would be extremely rare. Dallas gets ice and snow too regularly in the winters for them to survive.



BTW I'll take gators over grizzlies any day. Alligators are very slow, clumsy, and sluggish on dry land and can easily be avoided; whereas a grizzly can chase you down at speeds of up to 35mph.

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Litchfield Park, AZ
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btw this article says that the gator was caught in Leon County, which is about halfway between Houston and Dallas.

Giant Gator Killed In Trinity River | NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Have you guys seen any of these reptiles? I mean people say they visit your backyard swimming pool. I thought that nightmare was limited to those poor souls in Florida.. not in TX.. The last thing I want is move half way across the country and see a freakin gator on my backyard. Before you know I will be putting the house back on the market and head back north even in the middle of school year!!

Maybe I should think twice.. I mean Grizzlies are looking friendly to me now!!
Ha. No, you will not find an alligator in your backyard pool in the Dallas area. There just are not many alligators this far north and west. Occasionally an alligator is spotted or captured in the area, and it always makes the news because it is a pretty rare occurrence.

Chupacabras are what you need to be worried about.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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I haven't personally spotted any around Dallas, however I live right next to a large lake where one was seen a couple of years ago. Pretty common in east Texas though. We owned a place near Athens and the rancher across the road told me he killed several in some of his ponds and lakes. (His ranch is huge). Saw one when camping with the scouts near there too, over 20 years ago.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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I'm more worried about Black Widow Spiders in my shoes than I am about Alligators in the back yard...
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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You might find a gator here and there further down south in the outlying areas of Houston, but seeing one in DFW would be extremely rare. Dallas gets ice and snow too regularly in the winters for them to survive.



BTW I'll take gators over grizzlies any day. Alligators are very slow, clumsy, and sluggish on dry land and can easily be avoided; whereas a grizzly can chase you down at speeds of up to 35mph.

Why don't you come on down and test that out.....
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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Why don't you come on down and test that out.....
Hahaha nice one!
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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You might find a gator here and there further down south in the outlying areas of Houston, but seeing one in DFW would be extremely rare. Dallas gets ice and snow too regularly in the winters for them to survive.



BTW I'll take gators over grizzlies any day. Alligators are very slow, clumsy, and sluggish on dry land and can easily be avoided; whereas a grizzly can chase you down at speeds of up to 35mph.
Hey buddy I would still take Grizzlies.. hehee.. something about gators gives you creeps.. and goosebumps if you know what I mean. I think I have seen them once in my lifetime in a zoo. At least you can run and have a fight of your life. Rather than getting swallowed in whole.. uuuugghhhh..

Anyway, Ask Ms.Palin about Mama Grizzlies!!!
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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Ha. No, you will not find an alligator in your backyard pool in the Dallas area. There just are not many alligators this far north and west. Occasionally an alligator is spotted or captured in the area, and it always makes the news because it is a pretty rare occurrence.

Chupacabras are what you need to be worried about.
Jesus.. Thank you now this makes me feel much better. I am beginning to think maybe I should move to Utah instead and deal with Mormons! heehe!

Disclaimer: Nothing against Mormons.. just kidding! Thought maybe some of you Texas folks would laugh!
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