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Florida seeks 'crocodile response agents'
upi ^ | June 11, 2012

Posted on 06/12/2012 4:25:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is posting job openings for "crocodile response agents" in the Florida Keys.

The commission said it will train the agents to investigate complaints about American crocodiles, finding alternatives to relocating the threatened crocodiles and taking care of the occasional carcass recovery, the Florida Keys Keynoter reported Monday.

The posting says it prefers applicants with experience handling crocs, but officials said it is not required.

"Since few people have extensive experience with alligators or crocodiles, that's not a prerequisite," said Lindsey Hord, the commission biologist in charge of South Florida's nuisance alligators and crocodiles. "We can train them. If somebody with a lot of experience comes in, that would be a plus."

Hord said the agents would be paid $25 per hour and would work on an as-needed basis.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: crocodile; fl; florida; jobs

1 posted on 06/12/2012 4:26:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 06/12/2012 4:34:55 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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applicants with experience handling crocs, but officials said it is not required. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxD2z8Jlyu4
3 posted on 06/12/2012 4:36:12 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxD2z8Jlyu4


4 posted on 06/12/2012 4:36:57 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: JoeProBono
"Since few people have extensive experience with alligators or crocodiles, that's not a prerequisite,"

I think ol' Lefty might want to sign up...

5 posted on 06/12/2012 4:37:18 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Doogle
CHOOT ‘EM ELIZABETH!!!!


6 posted on 06/12/2012 4:45:41 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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splashing water at it will work......I’ve seen ducks do it...once


7 posted on 06/12/2012 4:47:59 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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8 posted on 06/12/2012 5:07:38 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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9 posted on 06/12/2012 5:12:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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10 posted on 06/12/2012 5:28:10 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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11 posted on 06/12/2012 5:33:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

http://wtvr.com/2012/06/03/resident-captures-pics-of-alligator-hunting-bobcat/

Interesting confrontation between a bobcat and alligator near Tampa recently.


12 posted on 06/12/2012 5:47:37 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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13 posted on 06/12/2012 6:04:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Do they supply the ammunition?


14 posted on 06/12/2012 6:31:38 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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Can we keep what we kill?


15 posted on 06/12/2012 6:45:37 AM PDT by Boogieman
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16 posted on 06/12/2012 7:03:03 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Hmmmm......perhaps I should apply......first gator-handling experience was in 1965.....full grown, 6' +, 200 lbs., in a northern mid-west state.....major US newspapers labeled my bud & I "Gator-Nappers" - and as the gator (after visiting multiple sites and traveling in the trunk of my '51 Ford, we being chased away at gunpoint twice...) found its way down a creek from the pond in the woods where we left her into the states largest resort lake.

Lake residents first thought they were delusional or drunk seeing a full-grown alligator in a northern lake, but eventually it was noticed that she was no longer at her home in an area mini-zoo.....so the lake residents arose in arms insisting that the parties who had deposited the alligator in the lake be caught and put away for life.

Not only did all the state's newspapers publish articles about the story, but both Walter Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley closed out their national evening newscasts with the story one evening.

Eventually we were caught and tried. Facing $6,000 in fines and 6 years in jail as a 20 yr. old college student put the fear of God in me.

Standing before the judge, he ripped into us for a good 20 minutes and I was convinced I would be put away for life - or worse. He then slapped us each with a $35 fine. My first experience of the mercy and grace of God.

I thought we were the original Gator Nappers, but a Google search shows that Hannah-Barbara actually had a cartoon series by that name starting in 1962.......

Needless to say, tags on my car, truck, and motorcycle all say, "G8RNAPR", and it's my log-on tag on many websites......Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

17 posted on 06/12/2012 7:31:10 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: JoeProBono

Someone should tell these guys that there are no crocodiles on this continent.

Only alligators.


18 posted on 06/12/2012 7:32:11 AM PDT by humblegunner
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http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2010/04/creature-feature-american-crocodile-florida%E2%80%99s-comeback-kid5622


19 posted on 06/12/2012 7:36:08 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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This guy has to have the fastest reflexes on the PLANET!


20 posted on 06/12/2012 8:00:32 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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There are a few ...very few ...crocs in and around the Florida Keys. Mostly they stay out in the water. That’s why I found this title odd. The only trouble with crocs is finding them.


21 posted on 06/12/2012 11:42:23 AM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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Not a photo of GSWarrior.

22 posted on 06/12/2012 11:44:42 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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There are American crocodiles in the Florida Keys and many more of them in Mexico. If you count Cuba as part of the North American continent, then you have the really nasty Cuban crocodile.


23 posted on 06/12/2012 12:26:53 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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