scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Alligator Alert...
Mon Aug 14 2000 - 06:47:53 CDT
While we are talking about the "bear problem", I thought I might enlighten
you to a particular problem we have to worry about while hiking here in the
sunshine state (other than me, that is!)...
FLORIDA STATE Memo:
The Florida State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers,
hunters, fishers, and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for
alligators while in Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Seminole, and Orange Counties.
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells
on their clothing to alert but not startle the alligators unexpectedly.
They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an encounter
with an alligator. It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of
alligator activity. People should recognize the difference between small
young alligator and large adult alligator droppings.
Young alligator droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and possibly
Adult alligators droppings have little bells in them and smell like
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