This has been a banner year for alligator bites in Florida with 16 “bite incidents” being reported so far, after seven gator bites were reported in 2016 by the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Alligators are more active when the weather is very hot, according to officials at the commission, so if you live near water or golf a lot, be aware you share the land with these awesome creatures.
Due to an increase in incidents, the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) was established by the conservation commission.
In 2016, SNAP reported 12,772 nuisance alligator complaints that resulted in the removal of 8,118 nuisance alligators, the FWC states. If you have concerns, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866.FWC.GATOR (866.392.4286).open wide