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Old 10-06-2009, 06:55 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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^^LOL! In 25 years, I've never seen a gator anywhere near my house, but I've seen them at office parks near man-made ponds and obviously seen them as reported by the media.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Utopia
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Well, now you have the raccoons that shredded the woman in Lakeland happening in the news. Stay away from the raccoons, too.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Aaaand this one time, at Band Camp. . . .
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:54 PM
 
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I just saw one going from someone's back yard to a pond.......I hope he didn't eat anyone there.....LOLOL
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:59 AM
 
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In all seriousness there are many gators in Florida. Some big ones too, I've hunted them a few times and you'd be surprised just how many there are in residential areas. Be aware of your surroundings, and trust that large gators are pretty easily located. High concentrations of big gators seldom happen as their territorial instincts dont allow for much competition. Keep animals away from any body of water that may have gators in it. In FL the average sized gator is 4-8 feet and weighs only a few hundred pounds, gators over 10 feet are a real minority and those over 12 are seldom reported. Claims of 13-15 ft gators topping 500 lbs are most likely false except in private unmanaged areas. Large gators have no natural predator and no fear of humans, if you see one in a residential area then you should call the FWC. If someone is feeding a gator it is like sentencing him to death, all nuisance gators are currently killed as there are no gator farms willing to take them as the meat and hide market have taken a huge hit in the sour economy.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Pasco County, Florida
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Just remember, the gators were here before the developers destroyed this place!
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Sorry, I hate to revive this old thread but it creeped me out. So, if I understand this correctly, I probably don't want one of those 'waterfront homes' that have a little man made lake behind it. From what I gather either a gator lives in there or will eventually live in there in the near future. Meaning, I shouldn;t let my kids or dogs play in my backyard if it backs up against the 'lake'. OOooook, good to know.

Here I am worried about gators when I have Black Bears and Grizzlies come through my yard a dozen times a year. I think gators creep me out more because my dogs might not be able to alert me if a gator is in the area like they do when there is a bear around.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Where ever you're at, that's where you are!
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Sorry, I hate to revive this old thread but it creeped me out. So, if I understand this correctly, I probably don't want one of those 'waterfront homes' that have a little man made lake behind it. From what I gather either a gator lives in there or will eventually live in there in the near future. Meaning, I shouldn;t let my kids or dogs play in my backyard if it backs up against the 'lake'. OOooook, good to know.

Here I am worried about gators when I have Black Bears and Grizzlies come through my yard a dozen times a year. I think gators creep me out more because my dogs might not be able to alert me if a gator is in the area like they do when there is a bear around.
No Kash, It's ok. Those bodies of water are just man made swimmin' holes for you to enjoy.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:51 PM
 
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No Kash, It's ok. Those bodies of water are just man made swimmin' holes for you to enjoy.
Tell that to the family's who have lost their small dogs around the Tampa Bay area due to gator attacks.

Actually, gators can and have been an issue, even in subdivisions you wouldn't think they would visit. I lived adjacent to a lake...not ON the lake mind you, adjacent to the lake. We had several instances with gators in our neighborhood. The Wildlife trappers were always there. My next door neighbor had a vestibule type entrance to his house. Gators smell dogs, they follow the scent..my neighbor had a BIG gator smell his old english sheep dog's scent and got stuck in the vestibule entrance and couldn't get out so his tail kept smacking their front door. The dog of course was barking crazily ...it was late at night...and they looked out their window and saw no one at the door but kept hearing the knocking. They call the police...upon arrival...it was..you guessed it, A GATOR! Trappers freed it during their pursuit then it ran under the car and lifted its body to wedge itself under the car...it took them 3-4hrs to get him out of there! LOL

Again, our neighborhood ..that one in particular...had several gator visits! I could go on,but I would probably bore you. lol
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Where ever you're at, that's where you are!
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Tell that to the family's who have lost their small dogs around the Tampa Bay area due to gator attacks.
I didn't tell him to take his dog swimmin' with him!
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