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Aligators in Florida

Discussion in 'Health' started by yiostheoy, Jun 15, 2016.

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    We do have snake warnings in all the parks here in California. Our rattlers are black diamondbacks and a bite will result in 1 week in the hospital and you could lose a leg. We also have mountain lion warnings. Our mountain lions are the land version of a Florida gator. Normally the lions only grab pets. But occasionally they grab a jogger, mountain biker, or child. We have had 3 fatal and 12 nonfatal attacks over the past 30 years.

    I am surprised Disney did not think of the danger and risk from the gators. That oversight is now going to cost them several million dollars. When a kid is killed it is usually good for several million to the parents.

    The SoCal guy on the tv news who says he warned Disney management last year when his own kid almost got grabbed by a gator is going to come back to bite Disney now (no pun intended).

    But the fact that this is the first gator related fatality in the history of Disney may or may not help them.

    I will bet the settlement will be out of court and for 2 1/2 to 5 million dollars. And then signs will go up everywhere with little gators on it and stern warnings.
     
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    The nature of the area makes it near impossible to keep wildlife out. This is home to these critters and the gator was just being a gator doing what gators have done for millenia.
    It's terrible for the family but the circle of life applies even if you have opposable thumbs.
     
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    Oh I do feel bad for the 5 gators that have been killed in reprisal.

    The thing about any animal that kills a human -- it then learns that humans taste good too. So they must be killed just like any other human murderer. Four of these gators at least were innocent.

    Disney and the parents are the stupid ones who got the child killed.

    Disney was playing a P/R game and gambling that no kids or people would be attacked by the gators.

    And the parents were just being stupid gullible yuppie parents. Getting in line at McDonalds is about the most difficult that they have ever had to think about before.
     
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    Wondering if development in Orlando has squeezed the gator habitat a little too much. You see this world wide. Wild animals are interacting with people more and more and people don't fare well.
     
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    Exactly, that is the same issue as people building residences up high in the foothills in mountain lion country.

    The pets are the main toll however here -- the lions come down at dawn and dusk and they grab the pets and run off with them. Occasionally kill and eat a jogging female too. Occasionally grab an unattended child. Occasionally attack a macho mountain biker as well. With the mountain bikers the instinctive issue is probably territoriality. With the females and children it is for prey however.
     
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