Safely live with alligators found in our water ways
Alligator sightings may occur anywhere there is water such as lakes, ponds and man-made canals. Although almost exclusively a fresh-water species, they have also been found in brackish water.
While alligators and Floridians usually coexist peacefully, there have been recorded attacks and occasional fatalities. The key to staying safe is being alert to the possibility of an alligator's presence.
Residents should not swim or wade in areas where alligators are likely to inhabit, especially at dusk or night when they naturally feed.
Feeding of alligators in Florida is illegal. When people feed alligators, they lose their natural fear and associate humans with food.
It is important to keep children and pets away from the water's edge wherever alligators are likely to be present. Do not allow dogs to swim or explore waters that are known to have alligators.
Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website at www.myfwc.com
for more information.