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To: freepatriot32
Agreed, but we're only talking a three-foot gator hear. As Carl Hiaasen pointed out in his much better and more informative article, "If you see a gator that small eat a full-grown dog, call Ripley's immediately."

Hiaasen also points out that the biggest problem is people stupidly feeding gators down here instead of generally keeping their distance. Anyway, this whole gator mania thing is kind of like the summer of the shark a few years back -- an MSM-inspired frenzy. I live in one of the western subdivisions. Just keep pets and small children away from the wetland ponds and canals, and remember that gators can actually charge straight at you, but can't zig-zag (so you've got to zig and/or zag).

27 posted on 05/24/2006 5:02:09 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: King of Florida

Someone just reminded me that the zig-zag response to a charging alligator is a myth, that the best thing to do is to just run away as fast as possible because gators won't run for very long (although run they will, at speeds up to 10 mph).


28 posted on 05/24/2006 5:12:07 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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