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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issues alligator safety guidelines

There have been several alligator encounters in Louisiana lately, so the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has issued a news release with information and recommendations if you come in contact with the reptile.

The most important advice LDWF Alligator Program Manager Edmond Mouton has is to not feed or approach alligators.

“When alligators are fed by humans they overcome their fear and natural shyness and become attracted to humans,’’ Mouton said in the release. “That is why it is so vital not to feed or entice them. We also strongly recommend not swimming at any time in areas frequented by alligators. Also, it is important to not allow small children to play by themselves around water bodies that may contain alligators.”

A few other do’s and don’ts are:

DO dispose of fish scraps in trash cans, DON’T throw them into the water or leave them by the shore.
DON’T kill, harass or get close enough to make contact with alligators, and DON’T remove them from their natural habitat.
DO view alligators from a safe distance, (50 feet or more).

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