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Alligators found in Rio Grande
UPI ^ | June 23, 2009 | UPI

Posted on 06/23/2009 6:27:22 PM PDT by Right2BareArms

Texas wildlife officials say there are six alligators living in the Rio Grande, east of Fort Hancock in Hudspeth County. "There were approximately six alligators that were observed, three of them that were in the 2- to 4-foot range, and about three of them in the 5- to 6-foot range," Texas Game Warden Ray Spears told KFOX-TV, El Paso, Texas.

Spears said the alligators are in a rural area, so they don't pose much danger to humans. He said it is believed they were dropped off in the area by someone who was previously keeping them.

The warden said his office will be monitoring the alligators to keep people safe and to see if the animals reproduce in the river.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bordersecurity; immigration; lol; mexicans
lol, should make crossing the border more fun.
1 posted on 06/23/2009 6:27:22 PM PDT by Right2BareArms
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To: Right2BareArms

Put more in there.


2 posted on 06/23/2009 6:27:51 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Right2BareArms

would the piranha fish do well there ?


3 posted on 06/23/2009 6:29:21 PM PDT by traumer
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To: vladimir998

Big Salties from Australia.


4 posted on 06/23/2009 6:29:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Right2BareArms

There was a joke going around the ‘net for a while about this. I guess someone took it seriously.


5 posted on 06/23/2009 6:29:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out? Are you scared yet?)
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To: Right2BareArms

That might be why someone dropped them off.


6 posted on 06/23/2009 6:30:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: vladimir998
Put more in there.

Add crocs and anacondas.

7 posted on 06/23/2009 6:30:25 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: Right2BareArms

What a great idea!!!!


8 posted on 06/23/2009 6:31:09 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Gasoline has gone up 60% since the Osama inauguration.)
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To: traumer

Piranhas are pussycats compared to some of the catfish in the amazon basin. We’re talking real nightmare fish.


9 posted on 06/23/2009 6:31:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Right2BareArms

little itty bitties...


10 posted on 06/23/2009 6:32:06 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Right2BareArms

they stole my idea! I demand royalties for every wetback eaten!


11 posted on 06/23/2009 6:32:27 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Do you want a President or a King?)
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To: allmost

What can they feed on to get bigger?


12 posted on 06/23/2009 6:34:03 PM PDT by allmost
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To: vladimir998

13 posted on 06/23/2009 6:35:23 PM PDT by traumer
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To: Right2BareArms

The only problem is, about 3/4 of the year the river is dry or barely a trickle.


14 posted on 06/23/2009 6:35:23 PM PDT by FreeSouthernAmerican (All we ask is to be let alone----Jefferson Davis)
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To: Right2BareArms

Years ago on a fishing trip out of Acapulco, I asked the skipper (retired Mexican army officer, educated in Los Angeles) how to say “see you later, alligator” in Spanish. He didn’t like my question much, and just said “There are no alligators in Mexico!”.


15 posted on 06/23/2009 6:35:23 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: allmost

Trash from illegals.


16 posted on 06/23/2009 6:36:11 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Right2BareArms

17 posted on 06/23/2009 6:36:16 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Right2BareArms

Doing the work that tarantulas and Gila Monsters won’t do.


18 posted on 06/23/2009 6:41:25 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: Right2BareArms

Alligators are no big deal along the coastal counties of Texas, and even in the Rio Grande.

If I had to guess, there are probably 40 or 50 of them living within a mile of where I live.

Hudspeth County is half way to Los Angeles.


19 posted on 06/23/2009 6:43:54 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Right2BareArms
IIRC, the area just across the River from Fort Hancock and up to the outskirts of Juarez/El Paso, is a big center of the drug gangs. Sort of a "No Go Zone" for the Federalies and even Mexican Army.

The 'gators are welcome to 'em.

20 posted on 06/23/2009 6:44:03 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Right2BareArms

About time.


21 posted on 06/23/2009 6:45:56 PM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: traumer
"would the piranha fish do well there ?"

Seriously? Well, an individual specimen might actually be able to survive, assuming the water doesn't get to cold. But, I'll bet that the Rio Grande's ecology doesn't lend itself to spawning Piranhas. So, any long-term introduction would be unlikely.

But, it's a good thought.

22 posted on 06/23/2009 6:47:31 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Dog Gone
Alligators are no big deal along the coastal counties of Texas, and even in the Rio Grande. If I had to guess, there are probably 40 or 50 of them living within a mile of where I live. Hudspeth County is half way to Los Angeles.

Fort Hancock is about 75 miles southeast of El Paso. That is not quite half way to LA, but it is an awfully long distance upriver from the coast.

It will be interesting to see whether they can survive. As one poster said, some stretches of the Rio Grande are nearly dry for much of the year. I am not acquainted with that particular stretch of the river, so I do not know how much water is to be found there. For that matter, I am not sure how much water alligators need.

23 posted on 06/23/2009 6:51:26 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: allmost

Steroids?


24 posted on 06/23/2009 7:16:11 PM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: Right2BareArms

The Border Patrol needs to get pictures and run ads in the Mexican newspapers, to scare off the “wet backs”. Too bad they are not in the Tijuana river, the flowing sewer of Southwestern California.


25 posted on 06/23/2009 7:33:21 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Zer0 and Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: Right2BareArms
I remember reading years ago that a shark (dead) had been found in Elephant Butte Reservoir.
26 posted on 06/23/2009 8:09:55 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (A modern liberal is someone who doesn't care what you do so long as it is compulsory.)
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To: Logophile
Fort Hancock is about 75 miles southeast of El Paso. That is not quite half way to LA

LOL! It is halfway to LA if you live in Beaumont or Houston!
27 posted on 06/23/2009 9:11:56 PM PDT by TexanByBirth (Obama should quit judging the 48% that did not vote for him by the mental capacity of those that did)
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To: Logophile
That is not quite half way to LA, but it is an awfully long distance upriver from the coast.

There is no water in the river from Presidio to near the Fort Hancock area.

There's no way they could migrate from the coast. Thus, the gators had to have been introduced there.

28 posted on 06/23/2009 9:19:43 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01
There is no water in the river from Presidio to near the Fort Hancock area.

Is there water in the river downstream of Fort Hancock? Enough perhaps to support alligators?

There's no way they could migrate from the coast. Thus, the gators had to have been introduced there.

That is what the game warden has concluded.

The game warden seemed to think that the alligators might be able to reproduce. Presumably that means they could survive in that stretch of river.

29 posted on 06/23/2009 9:32:02 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: manic4organic

Maybe they just want to turn their lives around and become productive citicens. You have no right to that leg he ripped/rolled off mut*********.


30 posted on 06/23/2009 9:33:26 PM PDT by allmost
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To: traumer

Will Piranah fish slow Rio Grande swimmers? [Texas]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1584955/posts


31 posted on 06/24/2009 1:28:09 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (MSM - beyond your expectations.)
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To: Big_Monkey; traumer

It’s always a bad idea to introduce alien species to a habitat, so please do not put pirahna or any other non-native organism in the Rio Grande. The consequences could be devastating to the whole ecosystem, not just the illegals.


32 posted on 06/24/2009 2:01:49 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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