Archive for June 9th, 2011

You’ve Seen a Gator–Now What?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

With more alligators spotted by the public in residential areas, you might think you’d be better off selling your home. Greg Creacy says there’s no need to panic.

10—We’re just trying to help people put it in perspective. People will begin to see more and more alligators in the future and not every alligator is going to be a problem.

Creacy is a wildlife biologist with Parks and Wildlife. He says horror movies and attacks by the more dangerous, and non-native crocodiles have caused people to fear Texas alligators.

16—The number of attacks by alligators in the US each year is less than injuries and fatalities from dogs, scorpions, snakes and sharks…all of those are much more dangerous to people than alligators.

So what do you do if you see an alligator? Respect the animal, and keep a safe distance between the two of you. Also, keep pets away from gators, or they could become a snack. Don’t swim in an area where there are alligators…and don’t feed them.

05—Because people have fed that alligator they’ve broken down their natural fear that alligator has for people.

Find information on living with alligators, research reports, and basic natural history, on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.

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.