Images are by the
author unless otherwise indicated.
If you witness
the feeding or enticing
wild alligator, report it to
Report such an event to the
wildlife authorities immediately (in some states the feeding of
wild alligators is not statutorily prohibited). The act of feeding, as mentioned
above, may be perilous to
the feeder and to anyone who ventures near that alligator afterward.
alligator that loses its fear of humans will
probably be killed by wildlife authorities as a dangerous
"nuisance" animal, as mandated by current regulation, so the act of
feeding a wild alligator may lead to its death. (In Florida,
"nuisance" alligator trappers are not paid for their services
but are permitted to kill the animal and keep the proceeds of
the sale of the carcass to a processor so that it may be used in
the hide and/or meat market.)
Authorities need to be aware of the
situation so that action can be taken to preserve public safety.
By reporting it you make a
civic contribution by not only promoting public
safety, but in assisting in the protection of
the alligator species from the undeserved negative publicity it
gets when a human is hurt by one. So, in reporting someone, the
objective isn't to see the perpetrator entangled with law
enforcement, but to see a dangerous situation swiftly and properly
If you live in the alligator's range state, you may
directory of state wildlife authorities for contact information.
this photo, an alligator's presence (seen in the lower
right-hand corner) dramatically
reinforces the signage at Lake Alice in Gainesville, Florida.