Sightings Prompt Alligator Warning In...

Sightings Prompt Alligator Warning In North Texas

There are 50 comments on the NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth story from Jun 16, 2008, titled Sightings Prompt Alligator Warning In North Texas. In it, NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth reports that:

We are under an alligator alert, as game wardens are worried after several sightings around North Texas lakes -- the latest on the north side of Lake Lewisville.

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D harris

Azle, TX

#48 Dec 29, 2011
My family and I saw a baby alligator in lake lbj in an inlet near homes by the dam a few summers back. I guess it's bigger by now and so are mommy and daddy. Sure don't want to fall skiing anymore! Leisure swimming by the boat has now taken on a new level of excitement. Been swimming and skiing there for forty years and it freaked me out. Called Texas parks and wildlife and they said "oh yes our lakes are natural habitats for them." woohoo have fun on the lake!
john

Livingston, LA

#49 Jan 2, 2012
bo t wrote:
people with guns are at the top of the food chain and the top of the food chain does what ever it wants to the lower part of the food chain ,thats just the way life goes so shoot the gator eat it make purses wallets boots or whatever out of it,people are safe fed and cloth everybody happy
By that token then, if a Alligator eats someones kid, oh well it was at the top of the food chain at that specific moment and just doing whatever it wanted to something lower than it on the food chain.
Jason Zeigler

United States

#50 May 7, 2012
I am so sick of listening to a bunch of uneducated tards complain about the native wildlife alligators are native to just about the whole south the reason they have not really been heard about for some time is because ignorant people like some of you in here killed so many of them off hence the reason that alligators are listed protected in texas which also means if you get caught killing them its a nice sized fine. People need to get over the top of the food chain mentality if someone see's a gator don't swim in that area he has as much right to be there as any other animal in the area QUIT killing things just because you can. I tell people the same thing about snakes if you leave them alone they leave you alone they are just as scared of you and remember when you eliminate the predators thier prey will take over and like people in areas of the oriant and australia have found out the hard way sometimes the prey turns out to be worse. Educate yourselves people stop listening to the tall tales you hear and know the facts.
NonTexan

United States

#51 Jun 9, 2012
whitney311 wrote:
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Just do a quick search on the American alligator, we are on the cusp of its native area, therefore, its expected that some would be in our lakes.
I think its horrible to automatically assume the best way to take care of this animal is by shooting it, and making it into boots. Less people will be injured on that lake by alligators than boaters, and I will almost guarantee it. I propose we shoot the boaters for interfering with the wildlife.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/spe...
Seriously whitney311, your blonde is showing.
tekea

Dallas, TX

#52 Jun 10, 2012
D harris wrote:
My family and I saw a baby alligator in lake lbj in an inlet near homes by the dam a few summers back. I guess it's bigger by now and so are mommy and daddy. Sure don't want to fall skiing anymore! Leisure swimming by the boat has now taken on a new level of excitement. Been swimming and skiing there for forty years and it freaked me out. Called Texas parks and wildlife and they said "oh yes our lakes are natural habitats for them." woohoo have fun on the lake!
I lived in Florida for 14 years & never once swam in the lakes because of alligatiors. When I moved back to Texas I looked forward to taking my grandkids to the lake thinking at least we wouldn't have to worry about gators. Apparently, I am wrong. I never knew there were alligators in Texas lakes. I suggest that you don't swim in an inhabitated lake nor should you let your dogs play or swim.
Zone_Theory

United States

#53 Jun 11, 2012
Shoot, there have been alligator sightings in Lewisville Lake every since I was a kid.

Since: Jun 12

Fort Worth, TX

#54 Jun 29, 2012
Lucas wrote:
Interesting... I understand Game Warden's comments mean:'lets wait until someone falling off of a jet ski or jumping into the water for a quick swim gets killed by the alligator and then we'll remove it' or better 'lets wait until the alligator kills a kid playing at the beach'.
They are not natural wildlife due to the simple fact that Lewisville Lake is a man-made lake.
This is the typicall stupid-way-of-thinking!
They are native to the north Texas area and I believe the state record was caught in PALO PINTO in the Brazos River back in the 70s ,It was eating ranchers calves as they came to get a drink. If I remember it was 13 to 14 foot long. We had a ranch out there & it kept me from going near the river for a long time.
ananymous

Killeen, TX

#55 Aug 26, 2012
fozbot wrote:
I grew up in North Texas... Grapevine... spent my teenage years on waterskis on Grapevine Lake.. There were no alligators. Alligators are not native to North Texas.
But my sister and her husband keep boats on Lake Dallas, I'm gonna warn her!! Although I'm sure she's already heard about this.
Alligators natural habitat goes clear into southest oklahoma. They haven't been in north texas because of almost being killed off. Now that they are making a comeback they are slowly moving into there historically natural habitates.
Ben Dover

Fort Worth, TX

#56 Mar 17, 2014
Don't be a hater if you can't afford a boat.
dvrdown

Roanoke, TX

#57 Jul 11, 2015
After reading the comments I was compelled to respond. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of people. First, alligators are indigenous to the entire Trinity River watershed. Second, because you have not seen, heard, or read about attacks doesn't mean it can't happen. A wild animal at the top of its food chain is both unpredictable and dangerous to humans. And, they are above us on the food chain folks because without that gun you are as vulnerable as that little calf on the edge of the river. With that said, I do not advocate removing it just because it is dangerous. My awareness of their presence has caused me to be a lot more alert to watch for them especially with all this flood water. When you spot one report it but don't attempt to kill it.

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