Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
After seeing and hearing of the destruction that alligators can cause both humans and animals, I wouldn't be hesitant to shoot it (and believe me, I'm not one that normally believes in taking the life of an animal unnecessarily). There is an over-abundance of alligators in the wild, so they are venturing closer to populated areas in order to feed. I would guess that it has been dry in TX (or wherever your Mom lives) for it to be in their pond.
This is a situation where it is necessary to prioritize. What's more important - your sister and pets or the alligator? I would have no problem making that decision.
A four-foot alligator is really not big; I've seen news reports where they have caught ones that are 20 feet and more. Even if your sister was at the edge of the pond the 'gator could easily grab her and have her under the water in no time. I'd rather see one less alligator than one less family member.
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