Alligators are natural to Florida but have the potential to be very dangerous. Alligator tips:
- Never feed alligators. Many do not know but it is illegal and very dangerous to feed alligators because they learn to associate people with food potentially causing the need for removal and euthanized.
- Seek Medical attention if you are bitten by an alligator. Alligator bites can cause severe infection.
- There are about 5 unprovoked alligator bites to humans a year.
- Alligators are predators and may target pets and/or humans.
- When near fresh water, be aware of the potential for alligators.
- Do not swim, allow pets to swim or enter waters that may be inhabited by alligators.
- Alligators are most active at dusk and dawn.
- Leave alligators alone. Florida law prohibits harassing, handling, possessing or killing alligators. Small alligators can cause injury.
If you are concerned about an alligator, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286. The FWC will dispatch one of its contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation.
For more information on alligators, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission alligator website.
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