Friday, April 6, 2012

American alligator

The alligators are making there presence known again.  I have not personally seen an alligator in all the golf course ponds but I would make the assumption that there is one in each pond.  The one in the pond on #18 likes to sun itself on the bank closest to the practice putting green and 18 green.  Please use common sense and stay away and please keep your children and pets away. 

Below are excerpts from the Texas Parks and Wildlife website about the American alligator in Texas.  Both links are extremely informative and provide a lot of information.

"American alligators normally avoid humans, but American alligators can become perceived as a nuisance when they establish territories around people. As human populations in Texas continue to expand, there have been an increased number of encounters between people and alligators. Alligators have been known to prey on pets and must be treated with caution. Alligators can be surprisingly quick on land and are capable of running quickly over short distances." (

Another excerpt and link:
"Most Texans in "gator country" will live in close proximity to these native reptiles with no confrontations. However, there are occasions when certain alligators become "a nuisance" and must be handled by the proper authorities. TPWD received more than 400 nuisance alligator calls in Southeast Texas during 2003. (A substantial number of these were not true problem gators, and the sheer volume of these reports is taxing available manpower and resources needed to handle the real problems.) More than 100 alligators were relocated, mostly from subdivisions adjacent to natural habitat. A similar number had to be killed in similar situations. In these incidents alligators had lost their fear of humans and exhibited aggressive behavior. Relocation is not always a viable option, as by nature these animals are territorial. Relocating problem animals to other areas often creates greater problems. What is needed is a better-educated populace more able to recognize the few nuisance alligators and to coexist safely with the majority of alligators that are not nuisances." (

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