In the news today:
Wildlife Officials Warn To Beware Of GatorsMIAMI (CBS4) ― A recent series of alligator bites has state
Florida has had 6 reported alligator bites in 2010. Last year, there were 19 bites, but wildlife experts say there's no need for anyone to be bitten if they just follow a few simple gator protection rules.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist, Lindsey Hord, says people should swim only in designated areas, keep their pets away from the waters edge, refrain from feeding alligators, and maintain a safe distance.
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Hord says adult male alligators tend to prefer open water areas, like canals and lakes, where people usually swim. Females are found in marshy areas, which are better for the survival of their young.
Female alligators are nesting now, but Hord says theres no link between breeding, nesting and alligator bites.
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All I can say is, well...d'uh! Don't swim at dusk or dawn, scout the area before entering and stay aware of your surroundings. EVERY body of water has the potential to have gators in it, and probably does - so be careful!