Originally Posted by Reluctantsailor
So just when I am slowly coming to terms with the snakes I had a lady from North Carolina
tell me that whatever I do don't let my dogs
in the water
on the ICW
because Alligators love to eat dogs
..they have been known to grab them right off the transom and beaches. I have two big dogs but she said didn't matter the size they eat them all...
There'll always be those freak incidents. I'd think it's more important to keep an eye out at the time and talk to other boaters in the area to see what they've seen. Don't let it ruin your trip worrying about it in advance. The woman below was at home...
--An '06 news article---
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- So now the alligators are going door to door. When Lori Pachelli heard someone knocking at the door of her home in a gated community in this southwest Florida
community earlier this week, she looked out to see an unwelcome visitor on her front stoop: an 8-foot alligator.
The bull gator, which had wandered up from the pond behind the house, had a bloody lip from banging its head
against the door.
"He was pretty big, pretty aggressive," Pachelli said, adding that the gator may have followed her home from walking her cocker spaniel, Trooper.
Pachelli's husband, Mike, said he sped home after his wife called him in hysterics. The animal remained at the Pachellis' door for about an hour before going back into the lake, where trapper John French captured it later.
French said it's not unusual to find male alligators in some pretty interesting places this time of year.
"You're starting into what's called the crawl season, the breeding season," he said. "We get them out of front porches, out of garages, out of swimming pools."
The Pachellis said they never dreamed an alligator would venture that close to the house.
"I've never seen them walking around (the neighborhood), let alone banging on my front door," Lori Pachelli said.