The havoc isn’t expected to end any time soon.
Love them or hate them, alligators are a part of life down South. For most of us at least, up-close interactions with particularly large gators aren't a frequent occurrence. But after a wave of massive crocodilians made their presence known all across Florida and Texas this past weekend, experts are urging people to be extra careful.
The invasion reportedly began on April 28th, when an aggressive 11-plus foot alligator found its way onto the front porch of an Orlando area home. The next day, a gator that showed up at Target parking lot in Jacksonville Beach, Florida made headlines, as did the nearly 12-foot Texas alligator that stopped traffic on U.S. Highway 59 northeast of Houston later that night.
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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), it’s likely due to the onset of mating season, which takes place in May and June. Al Roberts, the FWC contractor who captured the aggressive Orlando gator, told WKMG that he received three more calls about “nuisance gators” on April 28 alone. Roberts warned that large males will be out in many areas looking for mates over the next few weeks.
Be careful out there, y’all!