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Alligator Control and Management Information

Scientific Name: Alligator mississippiensis

BiologyAlligator

  • Cold blooded
  • Lay eggs
  • Live near water
  • Mate in Spring.
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Sign

  • Often can be seen sunning themselves on a hot day.

Damage

  • large burrows in water-holding structures;
  • Bites have puncture wounds and torn flesh.

Solutions

Habitat Modification

  • exclude on shore with wire mesh fence;
  • drain habitat; 

Repellents

  • harassment
  • no odor or chemical repellents known

Trapping

  • Baited hooks with fish line. Baits include, pig lungs,
  • Trip-snare traps;

Shooting

  • Normally done at night, can be effective where legal and safe.

Toxicants/Fumigants

  • None known.

Diseases/Safety

  • Serious injuries to small and large animals and humans in or near water areas. You don't have to be in the water to be attacked.
  • Injury Protection: The Florida State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers, hunters, fishers, and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for alligators while in Osceola, Polk, Brevard and Orange Counties. Residents should report alligators that are aggressive or unafraid of humans to the wildlife commission's alligator hotline, 866-392-4286 (866-FWC-GATOR)
  • Alligators are most dangerous during mating periods (Spring) and during droughts as they tend to move greater distances during these times, increasing the chances of human contact.

University Publications

Gator Hunting Guide Alligator Hunting guide

News

  • Aug 1, 2006. Alligator in Montana. Daily Inter Lake
  • Uncle grabs boy from gator's jaws. Nancy L. Othon | Florida Correspondent Posted March 11, 2003. Nancy L. Othon is a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a Tribune Publishing newspaper.
  • Deadly gator trapped and killed. May. 13, 2006 by Brian Haas South Florida Sun-Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
  • Woman jogger was killed by alligator. May 11, 2006. Sun-Sentinel.
  • May 13, 2006. Deadly Gator Caught. South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

 

 

 

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