The Wildlife Officers Trying to Get Florida’s Human-Alligator Conflicts Under Control — Longreads Blog

Andrew Revkin’s 1988 story on the rise of human-alligator conflicts in Florida.

via The Wildlife Officers Trying to Get Florida’s Human-Alligator Conflicts Under Control — Longreads Blog

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  1. “Lots of people from up north are buying homes around here,” Lawrence says. “If they buy a home next to a canal, they’re bound to see gators. The next thing you know, I get a call: ‘Oh my God, it’s gonna get my kids!’ You explain to them he’s just there ’cause he’s coldblooded and he’s lying in the sun trying to raise his body temperature. Damn, a gator’s main diet is apple snails, raccoons, sick fish, ducks, turtles. But they don’t believe you.”

    Well if that’s true then why did an alligator snatch and drag an innocent toddler into the river? Where is the logic in that? did the gator suddenly go against his animal instincts? Did he get confused and mistake him for an apple snail, raccoons, sick fish, ducks, turtles???? OH come on how absurd is that comment. Its clear that whoever did their research need to go an revisit and yes maybe now caution those concerned parents who have every right to be worried about their precious children, that a gator could attack not just children but adults too.

    If I saw a gator in such close proximity of course I would fear for my life. They are the closet species alive to pre-historic creatures who did eat anything an everything.

    My heart goes out to the family who lost their beautiful son to such a beast of animal. I call it a beast because it behaved like a beast.

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