The state of Florida on Wednesday issued a list of helpful “tips for living with alligators.”
Spring increases their activity, especially because they like to bask in the sun to control their body temperature. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the state has 1.3 million alligators and each county has some.
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As humans expand their living and play areas to places where alligators typically frolic, there’s bound to be occasional conflict.
“[Alligators] are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem, but should be regarded with caution and respect,” FWC reminds.
Though gators are very visible and “alligator incidents are rare,” the agency offered Floridians these tips:
▪ Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours.
▪ “Keep pets on a leash and away from the water.”
▪ “Never feed alligators, as it is dangerous and illegal.” (Remember, lots of teeth, strong bite.)
For nuisance humans, call local law enforcement.