Archive for June 7th, 2011

Alligators in the Hood

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Alligators have always been a part of the Texas wildlife. Once considered endangered, their numbers have steadily increased. But in the surrounding counties of Houston, alligators have thrived.

07—The alligators are re-populating their former range, where they occurred several decades ago.

But Parks and Wildlife biologist Greg Creacy says just as the reptile’s numbers have increased in the area, so has the human population, as more neighborhoods go up near alligator habitat. Over the past few years, alligator complaints have been on the rise. More than half of the calls came from Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Harris, and Liberty counties.

14—This is a relatively new thing for Texans, they aren’t used to it. They are living in close proximity to these alligators and over time I think Texans will begin to appreciate this animals as part of our natural heritage.

Coming up on tomorrow’s show, helping bridge the gap between man and beast…

09—We’re trying to educate people about what it would take to live with alligators and understand the things you can and can’t do around these animals.

That’s our show for today…we receive support from the Sport Fish Restoration Program… funded by your purchase of fishing equipment and motor boat fuels.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.