Alligator Emerges from Waters Near Disney World Beach - Takes 2 yr. old child
SHARKS are attacking Florida swimmes in shallow waters
Beware of dangerous Critters. Watch Your Dogs, Children and especially Yourself
THIS SEASON YOU CAN ADD SHARKS and GATORS TO THE LIST of HAZARDS in FLORIDA
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Shark attacks are off the charts as far as frequency. Swimmer and surfer attacks by sharks are being reported in record number along our sea shores and especially in shallow waters. Keep your kids and animals close and watch for those menacing dorsal fins.98 shark attacks and 6 deaths were reported in 2015 and 2016 may see even more.
This week on june 14, 2014, a child was dragged into the water from a beach at Disney in florida. His body wasr ecovered,
Here's a heads up for you folks. Coyotes, alligators and panthers (in Florida and California) are encroaching populated areas and are becoming a danger to humans and their pets. This is not a joke. Take precautions and follow these recommendations to protect your animals, your children and yourself.
Wild predators like coyotes and alligators in southern coastal communities such as Florida and all along the gulf coast and southeastern Atlantic coastline are becoming a clear and present danger. Your pets may not be safe even in the relative safety of your own backyard. Don't allow your dog or any pet to become the victim of a wild predator. Populated suburban subdivisions are becoming happy hunting grounds for predators. Every pet owner should be on the look out for, and be prepared to defend themselves and their pets from danger in virtually every geographic section of the country. While alligators are not the problem in our northern states, coyotes certainly are. The last decades have seen an explosion in their numbers and geographic range.
Most of our concerns have been based on land based occurrences. but of late, in the waters of South Florida's gulf and Atlantic side, shark attacks are becoming more common, especially in shallow areas where swimmers congregate. Attacks have been made in water as shallow as one foot deep. Exotic snakes such as boa constrictors have also reached alarming numbers in some parts of south fForida, to add even more danger to the landscape.
Over the past decade, coyotes are increasingly common in all parts of the United States. They have a particular fondness for populated suburbs. As scavengers, they discovered garbage and trash containers, dumpsters and backyards where dog food, water supplies and barbecue leftovers are readily available. Little dogs are easy prey. While suburban areas are the more likely place for an encounter, even populated cities are not immune from attacks.
Once coyotes discove a food source, they regard that territory as their happy hunting ground and a place to find a guaranteed easy meal. Though they are basically nocturnal, they often lurk close to populated areas in small packs. Those same backyards, where our dogs relieve themselves, romp and play are the same backyards where coyotes are patiently observing and drooling in anticipation of a live snack or a full meal. Your precious pet dog is nothing more than dinner for hungry coyotes. Small dogs are often targeted, but larger dogs can also fall victim to marauding packs of coyotes. They have learned to work in tandem to bring down targets larger then themselves. An unattended child is fair game as well. A male coyote can weigh from 25-40 pounds and can take down critters or children larger then him.
How do you guard against this danger and protect your dog or child? The best way is to be vigilant and on high alert each time you let your dog out. Don't leave a child alone in an area where these predators have been sighted. Turn your outdoor lights on after dusk and in the early morning. Accompany your dog on his outings, and carry a bright flashlight to ward off any intruding animal. If you have actually sighted a coyote nearby, keep your dog on a leash until the coyote is removed from that location. Consider clearing brush away from your lot lines to eliminate hiding places where coyoyes can lurk and observe you and your animals. If need be, hire a professional hunter.
Coyotes are becoming bolder as they lose their fear of humans. Recently, in two separate incidents in Punta Gorda, Florida, dog owner's watched in horror as coyotes attacked their small dogs while they were walking them on leash down a residential street. Both dogs were carried off into the brush and killed. How could the attack been prevented? A bright flashlight and a walking stick could have deterred the coyote's attack. Perhaps pepper spray could hav been used as a deterrent.
In the same neighborhood, a small, poodle mix dog was taken off the front porch of a home by coyotes minutes after the owner let it out for a tinkle. He had done it hundreds of times in the past without incident. These actions prompted the homeowners in that neighborhood to hire a licensed hunter to remove the coyotes. Eight coyotes were killed by the hunter in 10 days in an abandoned orange grove in close proximity to the two separate incidents.
Coyotes are not the only danger to pets and humans. Florida and other southern states, with their wide divergence of critters and wild things have issues with alligators. Pet owners and their pets are often victimized by these massive reptiles. An elderly south Florida woman lost her foot to an alligator recently as she tried to shoo it away from her dog. She saved the dog but lost her foot in the process.
Some people foolishly underestimate the speed and suddenness of an alligator attack. Some even feed the gators, who regard backyards, especially water-front properties, as their feeding ground. Give gators a wide birth. Keep pets away from them, and don't even think of feeding them. Call local authorities in animal control to remove the gator. Remember, gators are a protected species -- Humans are not.
Be careful, the pet and the life you save can be your own. Your friends and family would much rather see you later, than they would see the gator.
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Claudette Coleman Carter from Media, Pennsylvania on July 30, 2012:
This article was very interesting. Thanks for the suggestions on how to not only protect ourselves but also our pets.