Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


- - - - -

Killer Crocs


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1    frogfish

frogfish

    ஆங்கிலத்த&

  • Member
  • 11,142 posts
  • Joined:19 Sep 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Swamp

  • Flyfishing -- the Art of the Gods



Posted 16 May 2006 - 10:03 PM

The threat from Florida's alligators  
Sightings of alligators are common around Florida but attacks on humans are rare. Experts are now asking what provoked two confirmed - and one suspected - fatal attacks in less than a week.

Alligators can be very aggressive when hungry, experts say
Residents of Florida have been warned not to swim in vegetated areas or walk pets near water after the bodies of two women apparently killed by alligators were found on Sunday.

A day earlier, alligator trappers found the killer of Yovy Suarez Jimenez, whose dismembered body had been found earlier in the week.

Florida's residents are used to living cheek-by-jowl with alligators. There are an estimated one million of the creatures in the state.

They are commonly found swimming in canals or sunning themselves on banks. But they do not tend to attack unless provoked.

In recent years, a massive increase in the number of alligators and a boom in the development of waterfront properties has brought Florida residents and alligators into close contact with each other.

Numbers on the rise

In the 1960s, as alligator shoes and handbags fetched high prices, the animals were hunted for their skins. In the 1970s, after their numbers had gone into decline, the federal government put alligators on the endangered species list.

DEADLY ATTACKS

9 May: 29-year-old Yvoy Suarez Jimenez attacked at Sunrise
14 May: 23-year-old Annemarie Campbell attacked at Lake George
14 May: 43-year-old Judy W Cooper's body found near St Petersburg
Officials at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have in the past decade focused on trying to strike a balance between protecting the reptiles and safeguarding the lives of local people.


Alligators are mostly found in freshwater swamps, marshes, rivers and lakes. But the increase in the development of homes and golf courses on alligators' natural swamps habitat has forced them into the canals used by residents for recreation.

Experts also believe a recent lack of rain is bringing the alligators out of the wild and into ponds and canals along residential areas.

Some areas have been designated as "open harvest", which allows trappers to remove alligators, because they are so close to homes.

The FWC receives more than 15,000 alligator-related complaints a year. The organisation says that some of these involve "conflict" in garages, pools and golf course ponds.

A report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says that in 2004, trappers killed 7,352 alligators in response to nuisance complaints.

Feeding banned

The East Canal near Fort Lauderdale, where the attack on 28-year-old Ms Jimenez took place last Wednesday, is thought to have a sizeable alligator population. It had been designated as an "open harvest" area because people live so close to it and use the river for fishing and water skiing.


Alligators favour areas with vegetation so they can hide

What provoked the recent attacks in three separate counties is unknown but state wildlife officials said alligators are generally on the move looking for mates and food at this time of the year.

While alligators are typically more afraid of humans than humans are of them, this fear tends to subside when people feed them, which is illegal.

One possibility is that the alligators had previously been fed by humans and had begun to associate humans with a source of food.

"When there's now construction going on in an area where gators are, the workers feed them and then the workers leave and the gators look at any human as a source of food," Kevin Garvey, who has hunted alligators for Florida for the past 11 years, told the Miami Herald.

Adult males range in length from 13 to 14 feet, while females grow to just under 10 feet.

---------------------

Source

This will cause problems...it already has.


-Frogfish-
Posted Image
Researcher-Prostate Cancer Oncogene Research
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

The National Center for Biotech Information
My Photo Gallery: Capturing India

Fishing is a Way of Life!


#2    Ravinar

Ravinar

    Psychic Spy

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,102 posts
  • Joined:28 Jan 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:some where between the majesty of creation and the void of oblivion

  • A truly powerful being needs not destroy.

Posted 20 May 2006 - 05:31 PM

when will humanity learn that we aren't the only living things on this planet angry.gif

the human race is at an end and and my soul grows weary. the one thing that could revive it is almost gone and is in no condition to heal me. yet i shall not despair for the light of hope shines even in the greatest darkness. i shall continue to hope.... hope for the days of green and ever lasting love of all things. for those whom think them selfs better shall realize they are not all that is. nor are they in any way better for all life is equal.

#3    Final Remark

Final Remark

    Alien Embryo

  • Banned
  • Pip
  • 119 posts
  • Joined:17 Feb 2006
  • Location:San Jose,California

  • Believe the Unbelievable

Posted 20 May 2006 - 07:37 PM

At  least no children were hurt user posted image

GunBladePosted Image

#4    frogfish

frogfish

    ஆங்கிலத்த&

  • Member
  • 11,142 posts
  • Joined:19 Sep 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Swamp

  • Flyfishing -- the Art of the Gods



Posted 20 May 2006 - 07:49 PM

Quote

when will humanity learn that we aren't the only living things on this planet

We already know yes.gif

-Frogfish-
Posted Image
Researcher-Prostate Cancer Oncogene Research
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

The National Center for Biotech Information
My Photo Gallery: Capturing India

Fishing is a Way of Life!


#5    Ravinar

Ravinar

    Psychic Spy

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,102 posts
  • Joined:28 Jan 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:some where between the majesty of creation and the void of oblivion

  • A truly powerful being needs not destroy.

Posted 20 May 2006 - 07:51 PM

Quote


We already know yes.gif



well we sure don't act like it some times no.gif

the human race is at an end and and my soul grows weary. the one thing that could revive it is almost gone and is in no condition to heal me. yet i shall not despair for the light of hope shines even in the greatest darkness. i shall continue to hope.... hope for the days of green and ever lasting love of all things. for those whom think them selfs better shall realize they are not all that is. nor are they in any way better for all life is equal.

#6    GreenmansGod

GreenmansGod

    Bio-Electric sentient being.

  • Member
  • 9,213 posts
  • Joined:23 Jun 2004
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Hurricane State

  • May the laughter ye give today return to thee 3 fold.

Posted 20 May 2006 - 09:10 PM

It is mating season and we are having a draught.  They are hungry and grumpy.  People feed them too.  Sometimes they think they are feeding the fish but they are really feeding gators that come in after the fish.  I have lived in Florida for 25 years and have had many gator encounters. I had one charge me one time, the only reason I got away was because he stopped. They are amazingly fast.  But my favorite gator encounter is on the dinner plate.  They are yummy if cooked properly.  Most restaurants over cook it and make it tough.

Darkwind's Gator Nuggets:
Cut up one lb of gator tail in bite size pieces.
Sprinkle meat liberally with garlic power (it take away any game taste you won't taste the garlic)
Mix a cup of flour with 2 tsp of Everglades seasoning in a bag.
Beat an egg and dip the meat in it, then put in the bag and shake.
Drop the nuggets in heated cooking oil at 350 I think. (It has been a while since I made this.)
When they float turn them once then remove and drain.
Yummmmy. w00t.gif




"The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible." Salman Rushdie

#7    frogfish

frogfish

    ஆங்கிலத்த&

  • Member
  • 11,142 posts
  • Joined:19 Sep 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Swamp

  • Flyfishing -- the Art of the Gods



Posted 21 May 2006 - 02:24 AM

Quote

People feed them too. Sometimes they think they are feeding the fish but they are really feeding gators that come in after the fish.

Feeding gators is a major problem...

-Frogfish-
Posted Image
Researcher-Prostate Cancer Oncogene Research
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

The National Center for Biotech Information
My Photo Gallery: Capturing India

Fishing is a Way of Life!





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users