As the first day of spring comes closer and closer, and the weather in Florida begins to warm up, alligator sightings have become more part of everyday life.
Gators have been known to interrupt golf games.
And even wander into people’s homes!
Each year, alligators seem to get closer and closer to humans and pets, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a few ways to co-exist with the large reptiles, according to ABC7.
- Keep pets on a leash and a safe distance away from the water’s edge because pets can resemble alligator’s natural prey.
- Swim only in designated areas during daylight hours. Never let your pet swim in fresh or brackish water.
- If you think an alligator poses a threat to people, pets or property, call FWC’s toll free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286.
As you can see from the videos above, these simple rules are easier said than done! When in doubt, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline!