Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Too Bad That "Stand Your Ground" Doesn't Apply to Bodies of Water

A 22-year-old burglary suspect trying to evade authorities was killed by an 11-foot alligator last month, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said. ... His body was found in a Barefoot Bay lake just north of Ocean Avenue Way on Nov. 23.

While sheriff dive team members were recovering Riggins' body, they encountered a large gator "aggressively approaching" them.

The gator was trapped by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and euthanized.


BadTux said...

Gator should have gotten a reward. Heh.

CenterPuke88 said...

I remember constantly reading how gators had no record of attacking humans back in the 70's. Now, at that point they were threatened, but books like "Survival in the Swamp" (a southern Louisiana Boy Scout staple) made it clear that the American Crocodile attacked people but that the American Alligator did not. Seems that the more crowded the gator population becomes, the more violent they become...sounds like another animal showing increasing violence.

BadTux said...

You sure that wasn't the other way around, CP88? According to an article in the August 26, 2014 edition of The Guardian, Miami pair Alejandro Jimenez and Lisset Rendon the previous day became the first people recorded to have been attacked by the American crocodile. Meanwhile alligators have been known to attack people before at least in my youth in the 1970's. When I was working in the oilfield in the mid 80's, one of the refinery workers pointed out towards a pond at the edge of the property and talked about an idiot who fed the alligator there who ended up losing his arm because the alligator got impatient... an incident that apparently had happened five or six years prior to my arrival there.

Still doesn't change the fact that this alligator should have received an award, not the death penalty ;).

CenterPuke88 said...
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CenterPuke88 said...

Lousy smal screens and auto-correct! No, the books were from late 60's and early 70's data when gator populations were small and not viewed as a threat. The American Crocodile was the bad reptile, but confined to a small strip within the Everglades, with little human contact.

I'm not really sure if large gator populations expanding or human populations intruding are more the factor here, but it's gonna be an interesting spectator sport.

Cowpoc said...

'Twas already a spectator sport in the 70s in Boca - the neighbor two doors down, lake in back yard, converted several poodles to reptile-snacks in her five years there.