Alligators have inhabited Florida’s marshes, swamps, rivers, and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties.
In recent years, Florida has experienced tremendous human population growth.
Many residents seek waterfront homes and increasingly participate in water-related activities. This can result in more frequent alligator-human interactions and a greater potential for conflict.
But on this particular day, as seen in the video below, the only conflict was between me and this giant girl who snagged my fish and tromped into a preserve with a free lunch.
Although many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists.
Remember, never feed an alligator and keep your distance if you see one. Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. And keep pets on a leash and away from the water.