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Large Alligator Killed in Georgie

Posted: March 10th, 2019, 7:03 am
by chris_mcmartin
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 039780002/

My concerns:

1. Forced-perspective shot. A gator this big needs no exaggeration...I'd lay down on top of or in front of it.

2. Article says it was euthanized due to its "poor condition," mentioning a few old gunshot wounds. It made it this long; I wonder what prompted killing it?

The biologist's name sounds familiar; if he's on the forum, could he provide more context?

Re: Large Alligator Killed in Georgie

Posted: March 14th, 2019, 3:24 pm
by Kelly Mc
Forced perspectives are a bummer.

I too wonder what they meant by poor condition. That gator looks like its been able to catch and find food, not underfleshed and I would think they would show the wounds if they warranted the animals' destruction.

I remember coming across something about crocodilians having some specific resistance to infections .
They also seem to bounce back from even limb loss pretty regularly.

Man what a glorious beast.

Re: Large Alligator Killed in Georgie

Posted: March 16th, 2019, 6:26 am
by Kelly Mc
Chris, I'm of the belief that people involved with putting down such an animal, and making it public, should make themselves available to answer questions about it.

Re: Large Alligator Killed in Georgie

Posted: March 18th, 2019, 8:53 am
by Bryan Hamilton
Kelly Mc wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 6:26 am
Chris, I'm of the belief that people involved with putting down such an animal, and making it public, should make themselves available to answer questions about it.
I understand the idea behind this but I can see it quickly becoming an interrogation that the biologist and agency can't win in the eyes of the public.

If it was me, I would release findings from the report and probably not take random questions from the public.

As a state agency, their constituency is really to the people of the state and not to the general public.

Also a southern state with a very utilitarian wildlife agency, they may worry a lot less than you and I that this was a justified decision. If I was a betting person, I would lay a 50$ that there isn't even a necropsy report for this case.....

Kind of random, discombobulated thoughts. Sorry for that.

Re: Large Alligator Killed in Georgie

Posted: March 18th, 2019, 11:36 am
by Kelly Mc
Oh yeah - absolutely. Random questions would be a slippery mess. A report would be nice.

I guess I was a bit put off by the optical of the photo, it was too much like click bait.

Coincidentally I started watching a film on a suspected man eater Nile Croc in Lake Tanganyika. They havent caught him yet but the snares and trap cage they made look harmful to a giant thrashing animal.

Why dont they just put signs up.

Re: Large Alligator Killed in Georgie

Posted: March 18th, 2019, 11:46 am
by Bryan Hamilton
The photo was definitely click bait.

Forced perspective or not, that is a magnificent and monstrous beast....