Cute and Furry Goes a Long Way

In light of the recent slaughter of a stray alligator, this article about a stray bear just proves people are idiots when it comes to how we treat gators. So what is it? Because the bear is a furry mammal we just tranquilize him and release him back on his merry way, but alligators we slaughter as a matter of process when we catch one that dares to wander into “our” habitats? I think FWC needs to explain this. Bears have claws, teeth, have attacked people before, if I came across one I would certainly take the same level of caution I would an alligator. In fact, a bear is quite a bit more agile and dangerous on land than an alligator ever could be. Why can’t we just catch and release these gators back into a preserve when they get a little off track?

3 Comments so far

  1. Bob (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    Because they taste good.

  2. Terry Howard (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Yes, they do, and if you thought I was a bunny kissing tree hugger, you thought wrong. I have no problem with hunting alligators anymore than I do fishing. I love eating gator tail, the Black Hammock has the best in my opinion. If you have a license and follow the FWC regs, then more power to you. However, if you are just scooping up a stray gator, there is no point in “putting it down” like some kind of rabid dog.

  3. campbecf (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:28 am

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