Huge Gator Found Wandering Near Pool Area in Venice Neighborhood
Yesterday... (4/7/21) Venice Police Department Officers with the assistance of Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff's Office safely removed and relocated this guy from the pool area in the Capri Isle neighborhood.
As a reminder, warm spring weather means alligators are more active and more visible, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says. Courtship begins in April then mating happens in May or June, according to FWC.
Rising temperatures increase an alligator's metabolism, which means they begin seeking prey, according to FWC. It also means they'll be observed basking in the sun as they regulate their body temperature.
FWC warns that although alligator bite incidents resulting in serious injury are rare, keep your distance.
If an alligator does bite you, the FWC says the best thing you can do is fight back by making as much noise as possible and resisting. Hitting, kicking or poking the alligator in its eye may make it let go and retreat. You should then seek immediate medical attention for your bite.
The FWC has a Nuisance Alligator Hotline you can call if you see a gator that appears to be a threat to people, pets or property. The number is 1-866-FWC-GATOR.
You can learn more about alligators in Florida and how you can stay safe on the FWC website here.