Ga. wildlife refuge managers move nuisance gators

Published On: Jul 28 2014 04:32:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 28 2014 04:34:20 PM EDT


Managers of a coastal Georgia wildlife refuge say they've had to relocate several alligators after repeated interactions with humans who feed them.

Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge Supervisory Ranger Susan Heisey said several animals that have become used to being fed by humans are now considered nuisance alligators and have been moved to different areas.

Officials say people who catch fish they don't want occasionally throw them to alligators, which can lead to the animals expecting fishermen and other humans to feed them if they're nearby.

Heisey says alligators are curious and opportunistic, and feeding the animals could lead to fines and other punishments.


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