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An Alligator Safety Guide


An alligator shares a footpath with humans.SAFETY TIPS

By the Dozen*


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1.Be aware on, in or near water. 2. Never approach an alligator.
3. Be extra aware during
the warmer seasons.
4. Never feed or entice an alligator.
5. Report illegal feeding or enticing. 6. Contact authorities if you suspect
a threatening alligator.
7. Create a barrier on your property. 8. If charged, run away
in a straight line.
9. If attacked, fight back. 10. If bitten, seek medical attention.
11. Never take one from the wild. 12. Share your knowledge.



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6. Contact authorities if you suspect

an alligator may pose danger.


A mother alligator watches from the water.This tip closely relates to the previous one, about reporting the feeding of an alligator by a human.


Your state's wildlife or environmental agency is authorized to investigate complaints from citizens regarding so-called "nuisance" alligators. In the event that you believe, based on observation, that an alligator poses a danger to you or others, it is wise to call the authorities. (Of course, in the rare event that someone is under attack, the best option is to call 911 Emergency for help, and to do what you can to help the victim.)


Usually, an alligator under 4 ft/ 1.2 m in length poses insignificant or no danger (in Florida, authorities generally do not remove alligators under four feet in length). If, however, you observe an alligator of any size behaving in such a way that convinces you that it may come into actual conflict with humans, the authorities should be contacted.



Did you know? To report a "nuisance" alligator, you may find contact information for your state's wildlife authority, here.


Learning all you can about alligators from various sources, including Living Among Alligators, can serve you well in estimating an alligator situation. The use of this knowledge will help you to contribute to public safety and also to avoid unnecessary fear in the event that an alligator may be in the vicinity, but not posing to the safety of humans.

In Florida, where human-alligator conflict is most common, wildlife agents are kept extremely busy fielding more than 21,000 complaints annually (compared to about 2,000 in Louisiana), so the more the public learns about alligators, the less likely frivolous (though well-meaning) complaints will consume authorities' valuable and limited resources - not to mention public tax dollars. By learning as much as you can, you're better able to assess the animal's status in your community and distinguish between a real threat and a false alarm.







* LEGAL NOTICE: This safety information is offered as general information only, and the Owner and Author of this website, his/its affiliates, associates, agents, and advertisers assume no liability in connection with this advice and/or its observance. Every situation with its myriad of factors is unique and impossible to predict, even by an expert. The consideration of the information presented here and from other reliable sources, along with the exercise of good sense and judgment, can go a long way to helping you stay safe. Furthermore, the owner and author of this website does not provide legal consultation. To obtain legal advice, consult a qualified attorney.  Any information provided, and/or offers made on this website, are void where prohibited by law. Please refer to this website's Terms of Service for more detailed information.




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