Did We Declare War on Alligators?

From Central Florida News 13:

LAKELAND – A man’s body was found floating in a Polk County lake Saturday morning. Now, investigators are trying to figure out if the man was killed by an alligator.

Two fishermen spotted the body floating in a canal near Saddle Creek Lake just east of Lakeland, and noticed a 7-foot gator was swimming close to the body.

The fishermen were able to keep the gator away until authorities could pull the body out of the water.

Investigators said the man had no signs of trauma to his body and don’t believe foul play was involved.

A medical examiner will now determine if the man was attacked by the gator or if he died from other causes.

A trapper was called out to destroy the gator.

Can someone explain to me why the heck they just up and killed this alligator? If the gator killed the man, it would have been apparent I would think, what with the missing limbs and large chew marks. So this guy keels over or drowns or whatnot and the gator just swims up probably out of curiosity. So we just execute the animal for being on the scene? Maybe the fisherman killed him? We don’t know for sure they didn’t. We didn’t just shoot them in the head on the spot did we?

Did I miss something, did we declare war on these animals? We seem to respond to every crossing of paths with alligators with just instant destruction of the animal. Where is PETA on this? Do they only care about animals they think are cute and fuzzy?

3 Comments so far

  1. dee (deek) on May 18th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

    Your last line says it all. If you are cute and cuddly, we will "save" you.

    Sharks, alligators and snakes = low on the cute factor

  2. Terry Howard (orl_terry) on May 18th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

    That and fish too. If it wasn’t for the culture of responsible anglers the efforts of government agencies like FWC that actually work for a living doing good stuff, our aquatic life would be in much worse shape. I’ve never heard of groups like PETA making any fusses over species without fur.

  3. Terry Howard (orl_terry) on May 19th, 2008 @ 10:53 am


    So they found that the gator had nothing to do with the man’s death. The final line of the article seems to suggest that authorities are justifying the killing because the gator fed on the body. It’s a gator, that’s what it does, eat things. Does not mean we should kill it. This whole concept that once an animal gets a taste of human it will crave it seems to be a notion of our own vanity, like we are so tasty that animals cannot help themselves once they get a taste.

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