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Alligators
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Taylor Lambert    Posted 06-06-2001 at 18:16:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few years ago a fellow here killed a six foot alligator in a lake. They arent naturally here i live in the north eastern most part of Mississippi. There was a 3 footer killed on a bridge over the waterway a few miles from my house. I though it was too cold for them to survive but lately ive heard of folks bringing them in to kill beavers in still water lakes and ponds. I tried to contact the game department but Im not getting a good response. A few weeks ago i was fishing in an aluminum skiff in the waterway and something hum my line and drug the boat. Also a few dogs have been disapearing around the local lakes including my cousins 2 dogs. There last tracks were at the waters edge. Im getting a bit upset over this because i see small kids playing around these ponds. my causin wants me to take the backhoe and dig a hole in his 3 acre pond to drain it. its hard to find trcks along the banks because its coadted with pine needles and woods. I think he needs to try trapping first. Any suggestions


Mudcat49    Posted 06-07-2001 at 05:45:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Set a hook and bait it with a chicken. Get a big hook and put it on a cable. and tie it to something strong,be sure to use a heavy swivel on it because when he is hooked he will twist and turn to get away.


Bayou Dave    Posted 06-06-2001 at 19:22:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Taylor, It's a no-no on a Federal level if you get caught dispatching a gator, you don't get to pass Go, you don't get to collect $200.00. Shoot me an e-mail at the above address, and I will give you a good reciept for Alligator Sauce Pacante, if you know what I mean......


Burrhead    Posted 06-06-2001 at 20:08:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep just don't get caught.

I think Dave might agree with this. Contrary to what Smiley Jack says to the kids on Sat morning kids shows about gators.

When they are moving they are hunting groceries and just love kids, dogs or any small animal. They are not afeered of a full grown man at all and will munch on you too.

When you are fishing and wander up on a gator nest that mama gator is a mean mean protective mama.

I personally have seen the gators as far north as Tennessee. Them and D****D nutria rats.

I don't know why we would import rats to begin with. We already have Korean and Tiawan tools so they maybe sent them nutria for sentimental reasons.


Bayou Dave    Posted 06-06-2001 at 20:17:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had an 8 footer want my dogs real bad a couple of weeks ago. For once the dogs came when called. That gator wasn't afraid of us at all, must have been hungry.

Burrhead, looks like you are getting plenty of this rain. We have had 11in in the past 24 hrs. Wish it would have come over the course of a month instead of overnight! Maybe my pasture will grow now.....


Burrhead    Posted 06-06-2001 at 20:54:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aint that the truth. We got over 12" in about 16-18 hrs.

My rain gage is only a 6" and it was over run when I got up yestidy morn. I had already emptied it at bedtime. Then we got another 3.5 this morn.

It's thundering and coming a flat out storm here now.

I'm keeping my cutting rope laid by the bed so if me and Ma Burr float out by a corner post I can tie off til July.


taylor lambert    Posted 06-07-2001 at 16:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
My cousin saw it today its about a 6 footer, he baited it with a road killed possum. we gotta dredge the pond, im gonna rigg a net at the end of the hole in the levee flush it in a trap. Ill have a a my neighbors dragline and dozer shifting the muck and hope fully a gator. What is now bothering me is the wildlife agents telling me that alligators dont live here. I have some half inch steel hoks with barbs i made and put them on a cable. Id rather see it in a zoo or something in the form of boots lol. My cousin talked to a fencing company about building a chain link feince around the pond to keep alligators out once we relocate this one.


Burrhead    Posted 06-07-2001 at 19:11:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most times the county ag tells you that a particular animal aint there, and you know you saw it is this.

They don't have the knowledge or facilities to catch/handle the animal. If they acknowledge it being there by law they have to come and get it out for you. That's the fed law anyway.

If you don't know anything about a gator it might be better to plug it and let the dragline bury it.

If you do snag it don't forget that a 6' is just as deadly as a 20' on both ends. It just weighs less. Good luck with your gator that aint there.


taylor lambert    Posted 06-07-2001 at 16:53:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
My cousin saw it today its about a 6 footer, he baited it with a road killed possum. we gotta dredge the pond, im gonna rigg a net at the end of the hole in the levee flush it in a trap. Ill have a a my neighbors dragline and dozer shifting the muck and hope fully a gator. What is now bothering me is the wildlife agents telling me that alligators dont live here. I have some half inch steel hoks with barbs i made and put them on a cable. Id rather see it in a zoo or something in the form of boots lol. My cousin talked to a fencing company about building a chain link feince around the pond to keep alligators out once we relocate this one.


Bayou Dave    Posted 06-07-2001 at 19:31:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like you have a plan.

I farmed gators for 8 years. One of the requirements for raising breeding pairs, was that not only did you need a fence around the pens, but you had to have heavy mesh under the entire pen so they couldn't dig out. If they want in bad enough, they will get in, but a fence may make them look elsewhere. Good luck


Jane    Posted 04-26-2002 at 17:17:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did ya make any boots?


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