Posted by Alan Clemons on September 25, 2003 at 19:15:32:
In Reply to: Re: Gator Sighting posted by Kerry Grissett on September 22, 2003 at 00:31:55:
Gators were here in the early part of the last century, and before, but were extirpated. A few may have survived but verifiable reports declined to the point where they were believed to be 'gone' from the area.
Former refuge manager Tom Atkeson desired to reintroduce them to see if they would indeed survive at this northern lattitude. Several were transported (don't know from where) and released into the river with the apparent blessing of USFWS officials.
That was in the early 1970s, such as '73 or '74. A year or so later, an unsuccessful attempt to trap and remove them was made.
Obviously, they are surviving the winters and breeding, otherwise we would not be seeing the 8-10 footers (or bigger) and the smaller ones.
Between the wasps, mosquitoes and gators, I'd hate to be trapped in Blackwell Swamp in the middle of summer.
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