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  • I Was Attacked by an Alligator at Disney World

    06/16/2016 12:43:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    Lane Graves was not the first youngster to be attacked by an alligator at Disney World. In 1986, 8-year-old Paul Santamaria was bit on the leg by a 7-foot-4 inch long female, which had been lurking in the shallows of a pond that was also located at one of the park’s famous resorts — and his parents later sued, charging the “Happiest Place on Earth” with negligence. In the suit, they claimed that Disney had failed to warn visitors about the gator,
  • Florida has a gator problem as I’ve seen with my own kids’ near misses

    06/16/2016 10:18:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 114 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2016 | Darlena Cunha
    Florida has a gator problem. The animals live and walk among us, close to us. They live in our lakes and reservoirs and swamps, and we set up our businesses and parks around them, as if nothing will ever happen.
  • South Florida officers find 2 alligators eating human body

    05/31/2016 7:06:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NBC4i ^ | May 31, 2016
    Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle says the body found Sunday in Southwest Ranches, about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, appears to have been at the location for a long time. Engle says officers were able to scare the alligators away from the body but the two lingered as officers tried to recover the body.
  • Monster alligator stuns golfers by casually strolling across Florida golf course [tr]

    05/31/2016 5:49:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2016 | Staff
    Golfers in Palmetto, Florida, could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled off the course and into Jurassic Park at the weekend. While playing a typical Sunday game at Buffalo Creek Golf Course, Charles Helms was able to get a video of a monster alligator casually strolling across the course. The dinosaur-like gator looked even bigger when another man came into the frame to take a picture - but apparently he is quite a regular sight in the area.
  • Alligator Caught on Video Attempting to Ring Doorbell of South Carolina Home

    05/04/2016 5:14:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2016 | Avianne Tan
    An alligator was recently caught scratching at the front door of a South Carolina family's home as if it were attempting to ring the doorbell. The unusual sight was recorded on video Monday morning in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, according to ABC affiliate WCIV. A man named Gary Rogers had been walking his dog when he suddenly saw the gator casually wandering around the residential neighborhood, the station reported.
  • Florida woman fighting to keep motorcycle-riding pet alligator

    03/16/2016 9:58:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 16,2016
    A Florida woman was fighting Wednesday to keep her 6-foot-long clothes-wearing, motorcycle-riding pet alligator in her home. The 125-pound reptile named Rambo even has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland. Thorn has had a license for the alligator for 11 years, but the gator recently grew to 6 feet. Wildlife officials say an alligator that size must have 2.5 acres of land. Thorn told the Orlando Sentinel that even if she had land available, Rambo can't be left outdoors because of sensitivity to sunlight. “Everyone will tell you that I treat that animal like a baby,” she said....
  • Florida 'PolitiFact' Shows its Bias on Gators and Guns

    03/26/2015 5:40:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent article by a person on a web site misnamed "PolitiFact Florida" did some interesting checking of a claim in the current debate about allowing people with concealed carry permits to carry on Florida campuses, as they do in most other places in Florida.  As part of the testimony for the bill, Florida Students for Concealed Carry made the following claim: "According to the state of Florida, you are almost twice as likely to be attacked by an alligator than by someone who happens to carry a conceal-and-carry permit." PolitiFact Florida's Amy Sherman decided to check out the...
  • 'Alligator whisperer' arrested in the Everglades

    11/06/2014 3:23:53 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 6, 2014 | Adrienne Cutway
    Florida man who calls himself the "Alligator Whisperer" was arrested after officials received complaints that he was swimming with and kissing gators in the Everglades, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife. FWC officials had been tracking posts on Hal Kreitman's Facebook page, where they found photos of him kissing, caressing and swimming with alligators, promising others they could do the same if they paid $250 to participate in an "Alligator Experience," KeysInfoNet reports.
  • Man Snatched From Boat by 16-Foot Crocodile

    06/09/2014 6:48:33 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 84 replies
    Newser ^ | June 9, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    When a man went to the side of his boat to empty a bucket at Australia's Kakadu National Park on Saturday, he was attacked by what police say was a 15.5-foot-long crocodile and vanished, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law unable to save him. Now, the 62-year-old's remains may have been found inside a crocodile. Two of the reptiles were shot yesterday about a mile from the site of the encounter, the AAP reports via the Sydney Morning Herald. "A quantity of human remains was recovered" from one, say police. They have yet to be IDed.
  • Some Crocodile Species can Climb Trees: Research

    02/12/2014 5:09:42 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    French Tribune ^ | 02/12/2014 | Raoul Girard
    The four tree-climbing species are Australian freshwater crocodiles, American crocodiles, Central African slender-snouted crocodiles and Nile crocodiles. ... The height up to which these species could climb depended on their size. As per the researchers, smaller crocodiles were able to climb more higher than the bigger ones. Some were able to climb four to five meters high. In addition to climb trees, earlier research on crocodilians, including crocodiles, caimans and alligators, revealed that they use tools like twigs and branches to trap birds. The reptiles hold a twig to gain attention of nesting birds towards itself. As soon as the...
  • The Cat Who Slaps Gators

    01/02/2014 6:40:53 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    You Tube via Animal Planet ^ | Jul 18, 2012 | You Tube via Animal Planet
    This feline stares down gators and slaps them in the face for good measure.
  • Crocodiles turning up in Broward, Palm Beach

    12/22/2013 4:35:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 22, 2013 | David Fleshler
    Fields' encounter with a 10-foot American crocodile has become a more common experience in Broward and Palm Beach counties, as these light gray cousins of alligators reclaim their historic range. Crocodile numbers have risen from a low of 200 or so in the 1970s to about 2,000 today, with more of them roaming north from their core nesting areas in southern Everglades National Park and the Upper Florida Keys. There have been no documented attacks on people in South Florida, the only part of the United States with crocodiles, although biologists won't rule out the possibility.
  • Witnesses: Suspects Prayed to 'Alligator God' to Destroy Evidence

    01/27/2013 12:48:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Rafael Olmeda | January 24, 2013
    <p>At least once a day, Robert Mackey and Paul Trucchio would pray to "the alligator god" that a human head, the only evidence of the brutal murder they committed, would be devoured by a reptile in the Everglades, two witnesses told jurors Thursday.</p>
  • Alligators found at scene of suspected drug shooting (Washington State)

    11/27/2012 8:39:21 AM PST · by Stoat · 31 replies
    KOMO TV ^ | November 27, 2012 | KOMO staff
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Sheriff's deputies found two 5-foot alligators at a marijuana grow site where a man was shot on Monday evening.  Thurston County sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin said deputies responded to the scene in the Scott Lake area south of Olympia when a man called 911 to say he had shot another man. The shooter told investigators that he fired in self defense, but investigators believe he actually shot the other man during drug buy. The 30-year-old man who was shot was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital and was expected to recover.  The gunman, identified as 41-year-old...
  • Troy Landry & Swamp People Alligator Hunt Affected by Tropical Storm Lee?

    09/04/2011 12:22:44 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies
    It occurred to me that Tropical Storm Lee must really be wreaking havoc upon the efforts of Troy Landry and the other Swamp People in their alligator hunts. Right now, the Louisiana Alligator season has recently begun.Will the Swamp People be forced to refrain from hunting alligators for a few days? Also what affect with the extra water in the bayous have upon the hunt?I guess we will find out when Season 3 of "Swamp People" is broadcast.Ice Road Truckers fizzled out after the first season and I never really could get into "Axe Men" so "Swamp People" is my...
  • Yes Mr. President, I Do Want Alligators in My Moat

    05/13/2011 7:16:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/13/2011 | Lauri Regan
    <p>In yet another one of Obama's highly touted campaign speeches (are there any other type?), the President once again chose to use derisive rhetoric to whip up the masses against those horrible Republicans. Obama attempted to put the GOP on the defensive by suggesting that Republicans not only want the country surrounded by a moat to prevent evil immigrants from entering, but that in order to ensure success, they would fill the moat with alligators.</p>
  • Obama mocks Republican position on immigration

    05/11/2011 7:26:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/11/11 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ERICA WERNER
    In search of Hispanic votes and a long-shot immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama on Tuesday stood at the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since winning the White House and declared it more secure than ever. He mocked Republican lawmakers for blocking immigration over border security alone, saying they won't be happy until they get a moat with alligators along the border. "They'll never be satisfied," he said. Stymied by both chambers of Congress, the president ditched lawmakers in favor of voters who might pressure them, making an appeal to the public on a hot and dusty day far outside...
  • Check out These Two Videos Of Kitty Cats Making Alligators Back Down

    here is the link to Cat Stands His ground Against Alligator (2 Video's)
  • Gator Who Ate Family Dog Still on Loose

    10/26/2010 2:49:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies · 1+ views
    First Coast News ^ | 10/26/2010
    A Sarasota family is warning the entire Tampa Bay area after their 50 lb. Keeshond was eaten by an alligator. It happened as Darryl Mizer took him out to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Pictures: Alligators wrangled, hunted around Florida "I still can't believe what I saw and as big as this alligator must have been," Mizer explained. Mizer says he noticed what appeared to be a log in the water come right up next to the dog, but he quickly realized it wasn't a log. "There was a squeal or two, the alligator shook him, and...
  • Men Caught With 36 Dead Alligators in Truck

    09/18/2010 5:57:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sat, Sep 18, 2010 | TODD WRIGHT
    Only on alligator was legally tagged. It's going to take more than a leather hide to save the skins of two men who were caught with 55 alligators in the bed of their pick up truck Thursday. Joel Green, 47, and 22-year-old Donald Strenth were arrested and charged with multiple poaching charges after deputies stopped the men for a routine traffic stop only to find the grisly remains of 36 large alligators in the back of their pick up truck. The men also had snatched up 19 hatchlings, which were still alive and being stored in a small plastic bag....
  • Swamp People. They Hook Alligators and Viewers!

    08/30/2010 8:30:11 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 21 replies
    Associated Content/ Yahoo ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Visualize a huge (7-12 foot) alligator coming to the top of the water thrashing and rolling. A man has a hold on the line that the hook and alligator are on. These alligators are ranging from 500- 1,000+ pounds. The fight between man and alligator is breathtaking to me.
  • Doomed fish at ruined lake going down well as gator aid

    07/24/2010 11:21:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Garin Groff East Valley Tribune
    The fish that remain in what's left of Tempe Town Lake face certain death, so they'll be scooped out and tossed into the snapping jaws of alligators. The city showed off its lake-cleanup plan Friday by trotting out a 6-foot gator that is one of many creatures to benefit from the lake going bust. Several animal-rescue groups will use the fish to feed alligators, turtles, birds of prey and other recovered animals that feast on flesh. The city wants the fish removed before they die, or soon enough after they expire that they can safely be used as food. Other...
  • Alligators Found in Rio Grande

    06/23/2009 4:54:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies · 1,633+ views
    UPI ^ | June 23
    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...
  • Bears and Other Predators Invade U.S. Neighborhoods

    06/18/2009 8:42:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies · 1,513+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 2009 | Erin McCarthy
    As once-threatened animal populations including black bears, mountain lions and alligators rebound and people move into former wildlands, predators are showing up precisely where they don't belong: in backyards. And the wildlife isn't as afraid of us as we might think. Welcome to the food chain. It was the perfect ending to a perfect afternoon. Gary Mann and his girlfriend Helen were watching the sun go down after a satisfying day clearing brush in the backyard of Mann’s home in Sutter Creek, Calif. A pile of branches and twigs was burning merrily, throwing shadows into the growing darkness as the...
  • Snorkeller Risks Life to Swim With Alligators

    01/22/2009 3:30:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 398+ views
    Sean Manning, a zoo worker, swims fearlessly beside the 9ft long creatures without anything to protect him. Apparently calm and unthreatened, the alligators allow Mr Manning to get close enough to touch them. The dangerous stunt is part of a highly dangerous show at Miami's Jungle Island Zoo, in Florida, USA. Brigitte Grosjean, manager of the park, said: "Sean is part of a show called 'Gator X-treme', here at Jungle Island Zoo. "This aquatic adventure is the first time anyone in America has seen anything like this. "They have never seen this 250 million-year-old perfect killing machine, which has 80...
  • Naked Now-Armless Man Found Swimming With Alligators — Again (possible Darwin Award nominee?!)

    03/09/2008 12:03:56 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 34 replies · 2,035+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | FOX News/Dateline: Lakeland, FL - Source: WTXF-TV
    "I think he's just bizarre." Understatement of the year, LOL! :-)
  • Import ban on alligator goods lifted - The governor, who has worn crocodile boots, signs measure

    09/30/2006 12:27:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 711+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/30/6 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't hold a lavish ceremony to sign legislation Friday legalizing the importation of crocodile and alligator products until 2010. But perhaps Schwarzenegger felt he'd given enough love to dead animal skin, considering its frequent placement on his own two feet. Case in point: The Republican governor wore conspicuous green leather boots at a Capitol ceremony Friday to sign prescription drug legislation -- though the Governor's Office would not define the animal source. Starting next year, Senate Bill 1485 by Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula, will exempt alligator or crocodile products from a statewide ban on commercial importation of...
  • Fla. deals with nuisance alligators

    08/16/2006 5:45:37 AM PDT · by Huntress · 20 replies · 474+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Brian Skoloff
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It was curtains for Crusty. The 8-foot alligator had been fed too many marshmallows, jelly beans and M&Ms, and had lost his fear of humans. Under state policy, he was deemed a nuisance, which is a virtual death sentence. But then an anonymous donor last month paid to have the gator moved to a nearby animal exhibit. Crusty was one of the lucky ones. More than 7,000 gators, or about 20 a day, are killed each year under Florida's nuisance alligator criteria — 4 feet or longer and a perceived threat to people or pets....
  • Teen Uses Discovery Channel Tip To Escape Alligator Attack

    07/23/2006 8:10:39 PM PDT · by Stoat · 89 replies · 5,629+ views
    Local 6 (Florida) ^ | July 23, 2006
    Teen Uses Discovery Channel Tip To Escape Alligator Attack Mom: Tip To Poke Eye With Thumb Saved Son's Life   POSTED: 9:29 pm EDT July 23, 2006 UPDATED: 9:58 pm EDT July 23, 2006   DELAND, Fla. -- A 16-year-old being dragged into a Central Florida lake by a large alligator used a tip he watched on the Discovery Channel to break free and likely save his life, according to a Local 6 News report.Corey Workman was in a remote area of the St. John's River in Volusia County, Fla., just before midnight Saturday, throwing rocks and sticks into...
  • Ore. Man With 3 Gators Feels Unwelcome

    06/11/2006 10:01:53 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 39 replies · 559+ views ^ | 6 11 06 | Associated Press
    TUALATIN, Ore. - They may not be soft and cuddly, but James "Bugs" Brown said his three alligators are beloved pets. He said the gators _ Chomper, Hisser and Snapper _ are like family. And he'd rather move than cave to the pressure from the city to get rid of them. Brown has lived in the city for 26 years and his oldest alligator has been with him since 1985. But recent concerns from a neighbor prompted the City of Tualatin to push Brown to say "see ya later" to his pets. The neighbor runs a daycare out of her...
  • U.S. gator aid is urged

    05/20/2006 12:37:02 PM PDT · by jsh3180 · 85 replies · 1,030+ views
    U.S. gator aid is urged A Florida congressman is looking for federal money to ease the clash as gators and people increasingly share living space. BY JERRY BERRIOS As alligator habitats shrink and human population grows, it's inevitable that they'll clash more often. Alligators have killed three people in Florida in recent weeks, and now the federal government may be getting involved. U.S. Rep. Adam H. Putnam, a Republican from Bartow, is working with colleagues to come up with solutions, including money to hire more alligator trappers. While that would speed response time when a gator gets too close...
  • People 'going crazy' over [alligator] attacks

    05/16/2006 12:06:05 PM PDT · by dukeman · 124 replies · 2,552+ views
    Sarasota Herald Tribune ^ | 5/16/06 | MICHAEL A. SCARC
    Manatee woman shoots gator as fatal assaults leave state shook up EAST MANATEE -- An unprecedented surge in fatal alligator attacks has created a stir among Floridians, including a local woman who used a handgun to fend off a gator. When a 3-foot alligator came onto Candy Frey's lanai Saturday and attacked her golden retriever, the East Manatee woman grabbed her pistol. Frey and her daughter managed to push the alligator through a dog-door on their lanai, then Frey shot the reptile four times. "I was running on so much adrenaline," recalled Frey, 48, a former U.S. Marine aviation technician...
  • Florida alligators kill 3 women in a week

    05/15/2006 11:16:56 AM PDT · by kingattax · 14 replies · 452+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 15/05/06 | JENNIFER KAY
    MIAMI — Florida had seen just 17 confirmed fatal alligator attacks in the previous 58 years. In less a week, there appears to have been three. The bodies of two women were found Sunday some 200 kilometres apart. Annemarie Campbell, 23, of Paris, Tenn., was attacked while snorkelling in a secluded recreation area near Lake George, said state wildlife spokeswoman Kat Kelley. The lake is about 80 kilometres southeast of Gainesville. “The people she was staying with came around and found her inside the gator's mouth,” said Marion County Fire-Rescue Captain Joe Amigliore. By poking the alligator's eyes and trying...
  • Vanity (Political Limerick 02-07-2006)

    05/07/2006 8:19:46 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 278+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-07-2006 | grey_whiskers
    Again, mature topic, recommended for sophomoric viewers only. :-) See for example this thread first. Which side will the DUmmies come down on? All Dems agree on saving the environment, but given the number of gender feminists, and sandal-clad, effeminate Euroweenies in the party, the purported side effects of pesticides might be too good to pass up! I just read a frightening report that pesticides can make men, ..."short". Enviros are mad but fem'nists are glad Politics, strange bedfellows, I retort!
  • Things That Make You Mutter

    09/15/2005 4:56:27 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 6 replies · 310+ views
    The Morning Paper | 09/15/05 | vanity
    Things That Make You Mutter a Bit Nicosia, Cyprus : Alligators are definitely not native to this delightful island;however, the 12” baby alligator scrounging for food on a busy Nicosia sidewalk seemed unaware of that fact. The head of the Veterinary Department came to the creature’s rescue by taking the critter home and putting it in a nice tub of water. ( All together now: “Aww-w-w-w-w-w-w !” ) Seriously , who brings an alligator to the Mediterranean on a date ? Was it someone under demonic influence ? Rome: There is an Exorcists’ convention ( I think the proper word...
  • Good News and Bad News

    09/13/2005 4:33:52 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 4 replies · 476+ views
    The Morning Paper | 09/13/05 | vanity
    Good News and Bad News Fakikeng,South Africa : 33 year-old Hein Wagner of Cape Town –blind since birth – has set a new land speed record for the visually challenged: driving 167 mph across a remote airstrip in a “borrowed Maserati V8 Gran Sport”. Wagner was accompanied by a sighted person, who acted as navigator,and the episode – staged to raise money for charity – was filmed for the Guiness World Book of Records. ( The bad news is: Mr. Wagner wants to set a speed record in an airplane next. ) Los Angeles: Those opposed to the idea of...
  • Katrina Tales: Alligator trade feeling its wallet (French are worried)

    09/08/2005 6:41:45 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 468+ views
    UK Times ^ | 9/7/05 | UK Times
    The French fashion industry, which relies on Louisiana for 300,000 alligator hides every year, is worried that swamped alligator farms and a disrupted hunting season will leave them short of watchstraps, handbags and shoes. While there have been plenty of sightings of alligators in the floodwaters that have ravaged America's Gulf Coast, French tanneries are concerned that the shooting season, which was due to begin on September 3, will not deliver its normal load of hides. Around 80 per cent of hides are provided by hunters, with the remaining 20 per cent furnished by alligator farms. "Next week, we are...
  • Alligators stalk streets of New Orleans

    09/07/2005 5:33:26 PM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 91 replies · 4,452+ views
    Alligators stalk streets of New Orleans 08.09.05 6.20am Alligators are stalking the flooded waters of New Orleans and rescuers fear that they will eat the bodies of Hurricane Katrina's victims. Michael Rieger, of the federal emergency agency, said patrol boat crews had seen many alligators in the floodwaters. Authorities have just started the operation to recover what could be thousands of bodies in the floodwaters, on the streets and trapped in homes. Rieger said: "There are a lot of people who are never going to be found. There are a lot of alligators in the water, and alligators love that...
  • Katrina Floodwaters Trap Couple In Alligator-Filled Ditch

    09/01/2005 5:24:37 PM PDT · by Huntress · 15 replies · 1,885+ views
    WKMG Local 6 News ^ | 8/31/05 | Unattributed
    A man in Pascagoula, Miss., is credited with saving the lives of a 90-year-old man and his wife after rising waters carried their car into a ditch filled with alligators that had escaped from a nearby alligator farm, according to a Local 6 News report. "The alligators were waiting," good Samaritan David Nix said. "The water was coming through my window and the alligators were waiting for these people to die. They were sitting in the car and not doing anything, in shock and scared. They were just grabbing the steering wheel." Good Samaritan David Nix said he noticed the...
  • Alligator gone but not forgotten (Capture of 'Osama bin Gator' in Lobdell Lake steeped in lore)

    08/01/2005 11:10:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 849+ views
    Flint Journal ^ | Saturday, July 30, 2005 | Sally York
    By Sally York • 810.766.6322 ARGENTINE TWP. - "Osama bin Gator" was a wild rumor that turned out to be true. Now, it has nearly everybody in this tiny community talking. Clerk Joe Graves figured it was a prank. Waitress Susan Mason wasn't sure, but she was scared enough to stop her routine of dipping her tired feet into Lobdell Lake at the end of a work shift. Marcia Crawford of Byron believed it from the start, and on Thursday she was proved right: There really was an alligator in Lobdell Lake. Given the Osama moniker by locals, the...
  • I'm too disabled to work -- but I can wrestle alligators

    06/16/2005 7:23:22 PM PDT · by kingattax · 9 replies · 306+ views
    AFP ^ | 6-16-2005
    LONDON (AFP) - A British man who claimed he was too disabled to work was jailed for fraud after police found out he had wrestled alligators and trained in martial arts while claiming state benefits. Martin Crowson, 53, who said he was "virtually unable to walk", was jailed for a year by Manchester Crown Court for falsely claiming 17,000 pounds (25,000 euros, 31,000 dollars) in social security payments. Despite insisting he was unfit to work, Crowson ran a market stall selling pirate music and DVDs, the court was told on Thursday. The scam was discovered after investigators searching his home...
  • Alligators simply a part of Lowcountry landscape

    05/13/2005 12:45:17 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 33 replies · 989+ views
    The Charleston Post and Courier ^ | 05/13/05 | Bo Peterson
    FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2005 Alligators simply a part of Lowcountry landscape BY BO PETERSEN The water is warming up. More than a few of 100,000 alligators in South Carolina are on the move -- more than a few of them through a culvert near you. Since the beginning of May, a dachshund has been killed by an alligator in Planters Pointe subdivision in Mount Pleasant and a larger dog attacked but released in Crowfield subdivision in Goose Creek. Three construction workers from out of state were cited and one fined after they lassoed the snout of a 12-foot alligator in...
  • Not Just Another Pretty Face

    10/26/2004 12:15:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 640+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 26, 2004 | NATALIE ANGIER
    Douglas David Seifert The adult alligator has 80 teeth and a tail that can dislocate a person's jaw with a single whack. "They get a bad rap for being stupid little reptiles," says a scientist who studies — and admires — them. WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 - To the casual observer, an adult alligator afloat in an algae-dappled pond, its six-foot body motionless save for the sporadic darting of its devilish amber eyes, might conjure up any number of images, none of them fuzzy-wuzzy. A souvenir dinosaur. A log with teeth. A handbag waiting to happen. For Dr. Daphne Soares,...
  • First-ever alligator hunting season in Georgia is on after 180 hunters picked at random

    09/16/2003 6:03:19 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 19 replies · 344+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 9/15/2003 | Elliott Minor
    ALBANY, Ga. – Georgia's first-ever alligator hunt is under way, with 180 people picked by lottery to kill the giant reptiles that pose a nuisance by crawling into carports and sliding into swimming pools. Georgia is allowing the hunt in 13 counties and a wildlife management area near Valdosta. The hunt began Saturday and ends Sept. 28. Melissa Cummings, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Management Division, said there were no reports by Monday of any alligator kills, but hunters have until Oct. 15 to register the 'gators they take either for hide or meat –...
  • Blind Alligators in Alabama

    08/12/2003 9:50:28 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 29 replies · 404+ views
    ProMed | 08/12/03 | vanity
    I check a website called ProMed, which discusses human and animal disease outbreaks from all over the world, and was surprised to see this one from Alabama. 2 blind alligators were trapped last month near Ocean Springs, Alabama, in response to citizen reports of "nuisance" alligators. Both gators had a small cavity eaten away-through flesh and bone-and the left eye of one was almost completely eaten away.Tox reports from US Fish&Wildlife service are pending. Some 54 blind gators have been trapped in this area in the past year.In addition, there have been at least 12 pelican deaths, according to the...
  • Wilkinsburg police grab a 4-foot alligator (Pet kidnapped from owner's backyard)

    08/06/2003 11:26:58 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 349+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Wednesday, August 06, 2003 | Eleanor Chute
    <p>Most officers don't learn how to wrestle an alligator at the police academy.</p> <p>A task like that takes special training, like watching the Crocodile Hunter's "Croc Files" on the Discovery Channel.</p> <p>That's how Wilkinsburg police officers knew what to do when they received a complaint about an alligator yesterday afternoon.</p>
  • Alligator Bites 11-Year-Old Louisiana Girl, Then Releases Her Leg

    05/22/2003 5:44:23 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 194+ views
    The Alexandria, LA, Daily Town Talk ^ | 05-22-03 | Goodnight, Mandy M.
    <p>JONESVILLE - An 11-year-old girl was bitten by an alligator while swimming in Black River, state Wildlife and Fisheries agents said.</p> <p>An incident of an alligator attacking a person is "extremely rare, in my mind," said Lance Campbell of Wildlife and Fisheries.</p>
  • Alligators run amuck

    05/20/2003 3:56:19 PM PDT · by NEBO · 30 replies · 802+ views
    The Brazosport Facts, Clute Texas ^ | 5-18-2003 | Carlos Armintor
    ANGLETON — Six alligators were caught earlier this week after some fishermen on a private lake near Rosharon complained about the animals. Lt. William Skeen, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the fishermen reported seeing an 11-foot alligator Monday. On Monday, Jason Newsom, of Newsom Wildlife Co. in New Caney, which specializes in rescuing unwanted animals, went to the lake, located near the CR 42 and FM 521 intersection, and saw 20 to 30 alligators. On Tuesday night, Newsom and some game officials captured six alligators ranging from 5-and-a-half to 13 feet. Newsom said he...
  • 58 dead tiger cubs found in man's freezer

    04/23/2003 7:12:36 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 19 replies · 315+ views
    The ^ | Apr. 23, 2003. 09:08 PM | AP
    RIVERSIDE, California (AP) - As many as 30 tigers and other big cats were found dead along with 58 dead cubs discovered in a freezer during a raid at a house, authorities said. John Weinhart, who owns the nonprofit organization Tiger Rescue, was arrested Tuesday, officials said. Weinhart previously has been accused of improperly caring for tigers at his animal sanctuary in nearby Colton, Calif. Also arrested Tuesday was Weinhart's wife, Marla Smith, and the couple's veterinarian, Wendelin Ringel. Weinhart and Smith were booked for investigation of child endangerment, since 13 tiger and leopard cubs - some as young as...
  • Officers find alligators in drug raid (Muskegon Heights, MI)

    02/12/2003 3:21:20 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 21 replies · 426+ views
    ap ^ | 2-12-02
    Officers find alligators in drug raid The Associated Press 2/12/03 1:28 PM MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Law enforcement authorities charged into a home looking for drugs. Instead, their assignment turned into a `gator raid. Surprised police officers came across a pair of alligators, each estimated to be 2 to 4 feet long. The reptiles were discovered inside a large wooden cage in a heated rear-entrance area of the Muskegon Heights home. The cage measured about 8 feet long, 8 feet wide and 5 feet high. It had an unlocked door, no top and a plastic landscaping "pond" inside. "The...