Beware: Alligator safety tips

Stay out of the way!

Never allow small children or pets near water by themselves.

Do not allow pets to swim, exercise or drink from lakes or canals that may contain alligators. Dogs are highly susceptible to attack since they resemble the natural prey of alligators.

Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that might be inhabited by alligators.

Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Leave alligators alone. State law prohibits killing, harassing or possession of alligators.

Never feed alligators. When fed, alligators overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food.

At boat ramps and fish camps, dispose of fish in garbage cans. Do not throw them in the water.

Never remove an alligator from its natural habitat or accept one as a pet. They do not become tame in captivity and handling even small ones can result in injury.

If an alligator attacks:

Run away in a straight line. It will outrun a human for 30 feet.

If it grabs you, hit it repeatedly on its nose and scream. Don't try to pry open jaws.

Seek immediate medical attention if bitten by an alligator. Bites often result in serious infection.

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