News 13 Goes Frothing Mad Stupid

Just read an article on Central Florida News 13 headlined: “Gator Goes Beserk” (by the way editors, it’s spelled “berserk”). What is with the news and their campaign to vilify the alligator? I watched the video and it looks like the alligator is scared out of its mind, hiding under a car from dozens of advancing people and it begins flailing, or going “berserk” after the trapper dragged it out from safety by its neck. And then the story comments that the awful alligator did some damage to a vehicle.

Look, obviously the trapper needed to remove the animal, and the neck noose thing does not harm the animal. I’m not trying to play the bunny hugger card here. What I’m saying is these are wild animals whose lands WE encroached on, and you are just being ignorant and a sensationalist when you characterize a situation like a stray gator getting under a car and a trapper removing him as a “gator going berserk”. He was doing nothing of the sort and alligators are not prone to “berserkdom” they are pretty much terrified of humans and when people get bit 9 times out of 10 they pretty much step on their head on accident or get drunk and skinny dip in the dead of night (which in my opinion is equivalent to declaring yourself gator bait and you deserve what you get.)

So to you news people, give the gators a break and stop trying to sell papers at the expensive of spreading fear and ignorance about one of our most impressive and interesting indigenous species. It seriously cheapens your legitimacy as an intelligent and worthy news source.

4 Comments so far

  1. Steve Mullis (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 9:23 am

    I saw the broadcast report of that and thought the same thing.

    When I think “GATOR GOES BERSERK!” I imagine a foaming at the mouth, 20-foot monster smashing through the streets scaring old women and eating small children and puppies. Not this.

    Our local news, not just channel 13, is seriously disappointing.

    And on the broadcast report they said that the gator was euthanized, not “processed.” It’s sad how one of our biggest points of interest in Florida, a creature of our natural environment, is often treated as such nuisance.


  2. Frank (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    Dude! You’re are right on! Glad to know there are smart people out there.


  3. Terry Howard (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

    He was killed? Ugh. When they said processed I thought maybe they tagged and released him or something. I guess that was wishful thinking. Why the heck did they kill him? Even if he bit someone, it’s people’s fault, not the animals. Just take him out to the Canaveral wildlife preserve and drop him off. Some kind of idiot notion that now he’s gotten the smell of humans he’s going to become obsessed with their meat I guess. Reporting like this just furthers our collective ignorance.


  4. Terry Howard (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    Just read this. So if this is the case then I think it is only fair that if some moron homeowner decides to take his limbs in his own hands and not call FWC then the gator should suffer no fate when he takes a chomp out of said homeowner’s butt. Why can’t we just call FWC to put the animals in a cage and drop them off in the preserve? I mean, seriously, what is wrong with us? Yankees, either learn to deal with our wildlife properly or go the heck home. If you don’t like gators, then don’t own waterfront property in Florida. Simple as that.



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