Not what you want to find in your pond


Mmathis

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This was yesterday, from a neighborhood pond/lake not far from us. The big one was 12.5’ long!


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Good news they're both outta the pond and not in your pond (or mine.) Dang, the 12.5' one is huge. I do not like the smirk on the little one's face. It has some mischief planned.
I don’t know the details of the situation. It’s possible that the gator was going after a resident or a pet. This is a small pond/lake. But I watched a video and they were dragging it out of the water by the time the video was being shot — at which time, the gator was shot in the head. He was fighting and rolling — if was fierce. I wish I knew more. They usually relocate them unless there was a reason not to. Too many questions.
 

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Why did they kill the big one?
Someone mentioned that “they don’t relocate them if they’re over 8’ long.” I can’t say that is a fact, but these excepts from the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife do mention “nuisance“ gators. Since this is a very concentrated, family oriented neighborhood, and this local pond/lake is very small and central to the neighborhood, maybe they……IDK.……. Seems like a 12.5 footer deserves some respect….in a preserve….or something. R.I.P.
 
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you wouldn't have a pond for long with those claws tearing at your pond
 
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