Alligators on the move
Recent flooding and a rise in temperatures has alligators moving. A recent string of attacks within the last month has proven that. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FMs Liana Charles reports on the story of a Gainesville man who had a serious encounter with a huge “gator” and wrote a book about it and she talks to fish and wildlife experts about how to be safe around alligators.
Full interview with former director of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, Don Goodman:
Goodman has written a book that shares his experience called, “The Summer of the Dragon.”
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