- As a wildlife removal specialist working in the state of Florida, I hear the same initial reaction from northerners again and again. When I tell that what I do for a living, the first thing out of their mouth
is, "Wow, so you mean, you trap gators and (stuff)?" Gators, gators, gators, that's all anyone cares about, is gators. No doubt the sensationalist stylings of Steve Irwin the Crocodile hunter, and other such critter mavericks
on TV have taught people to think that every fellow who dons a khaki shirt and goes after wild animals is wrestling six gators before lunch.
The truth, as is often the case, is a bit more boring. I mostly deal with the less exciting
critters, like squirrels in attics, for instance. Alligators just aren't commonly a problem, and when they are, wrastlin' aint the way to deal with them.
This isn't to say that I don't get alligator calls. I do, all the time.
However, it's usually a fresh transplant from Connecticut, who gets all excited about the harmless 5-footer in his local retention pond, is certain that his poodle, Fluffy, is going to get eaten, and calls me out to jump in the
water and emerge with the gator. When such a call occurs, I tell the person that I don't handle gators. Not because I don't want to help, but because I don't handle gators. They are specially regulated by the Florida Wildlife
Conservation Commission http://www.floridaconservation.org/
. One must possess a special permit issued by the commission to trap and handle alligators, and I have no interest in it.
The permit is hard to get, the alligators are hard to get, and I suspect that any money for the services would be hard to get as well. Since I don't do it, if you have an alligator problem in the state of Florida, call 1-866-FWC-GATOR.
As for the above photo, I was in a neighborhood when a lady started shrieking about an alligator under her car, so I just went over and grabbed it, took a few photos, and released it in the nearby lake. How did I know how to safely
handle an alligator, you ask? I too possess a television, and I too can speak in an Australian accent, which as far as I can tell, is all that's needed to safely handle crocs, gators, and deadly snakes.
Do it yourself: Visit my How To Get Rid of Alligators page for tips and advice.
Get professional help: Visit my Nationwide Pro Directory of wildlife removal experts.
Gator Information: Visit my Alligator Facts and Info page for biological facts.
How You Can Control Alligators On Your Farm Or Other Property
One of the most fearsome creatures you can have a problem with is the alligator. In many cases, alligator removal is considered an emergency rather than a casual process such as when you need to get rid of termites in your house. The reason for this is that the most significant danger that such animals can possess is the fact that they can kill. An alligator’s jaw can supply several tons’ worth of force when biting hard, and this can easily split a man in half. If you are thinking of buying property or are staying in an area that is close to an alligator’s habitat, you would need to think of several ways of making sure that you do alligator removal to avoid any danger to you or your family.
This means that you would need to find ways of alligator removal or to simply make sure that they keep away from you. If you are in need of methods of how to keep alligators from attacking you, the first thing you need to do is to ensure that you never feed them, either directly or indirectly. In many cases, the alligators start associating food with human beings, which means that when they are hungry they will be more willing to associate with you. If you never provide a source of food for them, they will then focus their attention on other things such as hunting the smaller animals in the water body they are staying in.
The other thing you need to do is make sure that your pets are well controlled in the presence of an alligator or when you live in an area that is infested with them. For instance, dogs often bark at anything that looks strange, and will sometimes go to investigate such an animal. This can precipitate an attack, and you may end up losing your dog in this manner. You can avoid this by fencing off the water body or making sure that your pet is always on a leash when near the alligator’s habitat.
When you need more drastic measures of alligator removal, there are a number of methods you can use. It has been said that the most effective means of alligator removal is by use of a bait, since these animals are attracted to them. It has to be stressed that due to the dangerous nature of the animal, it is always a good idea to ensure that you have alligator removal done in this manner only with the help of a professional who has been trained to handle such matters. If you decide to do alligator removal on your own and it goes wrong, you may very well lose your life.
The commonest and simplest method of alligator removal is by using a hook that has bait attached to it. This is the way that most people use to remove the alligators when they do not need them alive, such as when hunting them for food. The hook is normally huge and baited with a food such as fish or beef lungs that will attract the alligator. This is then suspended from a tree or any other similar (but strong) pole. When the alligator swallows the bait, the hook attaches to its stomach, and the alligator can then be pulled using the rope attached to the hook. Of course, this means of alligator removal is not suitable for very large alligators, as these may end up overpowering the individuals doing the alligator removal or may even be too aggressive.
If you need to do alligator removal without having to kill or harm the alligator, you can use one of many snares available. These are often a bit more complicated than using the baited hooks for alligator removal, and are also said to be less effective. In order to use them, you have to buy a snare and then place the bait in it. These are then left near the alligator’s habitat. When an alligator notices the food, it often has to put its head through the snare in order to access it. This then traps it, and if the entire contraption is fixed in place the alligator will have no place to go.