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1. Don't feed the animals! When you feed an alligator, it loses its fear of people, which means that the next
snack you might be feeding it is yourself. According to Naples, Fla., officials, feeding an alligator could lead
to a fine or even land you in jail. And it is also a sure death sentence for the animal; officials will "harvest" an
unintimidated alligator immediately.
2. Feeding alligators additionally makes them harder to find because sated gators, no longer in need of food,
can find plenty of places to hide.
3. Educate yourself on the habits and ways of alligators.
4. Swim in designated areas only. If you can't resist swimming in canals or ponds, do not enter the water or
be anywhere near it between dusk and dawn. Bear in mind, however, that anyone acquainted with alligators
would never recommend swimming in non-designated areas.
5. Avoid walking or taking a jog near the water's edge. Take special care to keep children and dogs at a
very safe distance; they are the perfect meal-sized portion for a hungry alligator.
6. If you find yourself being chased by an alligator, run away from it at a 45-degree angle. This way, the
alligator would have to make a conscious decision to move its thousand-pound corpus in another direction,
which is no easy task.
7. It is commonly thought that you should run in a zig-zag motion to escape the animal's field of vision. This
tactic, however, will nonetheless allow the alligator to keep you in view, if only intermittently, and continue
8. Use common sense and take personal responsibility.
a. Alligators tend to get hungry and active between dusk and dawn.
b. Male alligators prefer open waters such as canals and ponds while female alligators dwell in
marshy areas to protect their young.
c. Although you will mostly find alligators in fresh inland waters, a small percentage can be
found in salt water, too.
d. Alligators are "opportunistic feeders"; they eat anything in sight, including other alligators.
One of our neighbors was attacked by a 16 foot alligator while
walking between Mainsail's lake and a friends lanai.
The gator was similar to the one pictured here across from the entrance to The Marriott
Rookery at Marco & Hammock Bay Resort along Mainsail Drive. Below are tips to
avoid this happening to you.
NOTE: FEEDING ALLIGATORS IS AGAINST THE LAW.
Click the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
logo for a brochure about gators
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