It has not been that long ago when it was difficult to find a pond or lake holding water in most of our area. The drought had a grip on South Texas and other parts of the country. Today, the story is a bit different with many places in the county receiving much needed rain.
One of the creatures enjoying some wet weather is the American alligator. The alligator in Texas has made a great recovery and have increased their range through movement during dry years when alligators go looking for fresh water when their ponds begin to dry up. Their home waters can include resacas, farm ponds, lakes, and rivers on refuges as well as on private lands.
The status of the alligator in Texas was reclassified from Endangered to Threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on November 14,1983. This change opened the doors to hunting and alligator farming. Alligators do not adhere to boundaries of parks and wildlife management areas and can present a nuisance as well. Urban sprawl has increased the likelihood of alligators showing up where they are unwelcome guests.
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