Importance of Natural Resources

Living with Alligators – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

[music] Once on the verge of extinction, the American Alligator has made
a remarkable comeback in the last 30 years. Good news for alligators of course, but for us humans it means
being just a little more careful when we’re in alligator country. The American Alligator is common
in the rivers and wetlands of the southern U.S. including the eastern
third of Texas. These large semi-aquatic reptiles
are carnivorous and will eat almost anything
they can catch including fish, turtles, small mammals
and even other alligators. Alligators will typically
avoid humans and the majority of these
fearsome looking reptiles can safely coexist with people. The key is knowing when an
alligator stops being just an alligator and becomes a nuisance. An alligator basking on the
bank of a river generally isn’t considered
a nuisance but if that alligator
leaves the water’s edge and approaches houses or
livestock pens, that’s a problem gator. An alligator that approaches you
as you walk near the water or an alligator that repeatedly
follows boats or canoes, these are nuisance alligators that
have likely been fed and have now lost their
fear of humans. These alligators have to
be relocated or destroyed. In the spring and summer,
alligators move to breed and find new habitat so if you see an alligator that
is not approaching people or posing an obvious threat, give it time, up to a week
if possible, to see if it doesn’t move on
by itself. Alligators are a fascinating
part of our Texas landscape but they are wild animals
and potentially dangerous once they’ve lost
their fear of humans. It is a crime to feed
an alligator and if caught, you can be fined
up to $500. But more important, you could be creating a
possible dangerous situation: an association between
people and food. So always remember to keep a
good safe distance between you and these particular
wild things. [music]

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