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Old 09-14-2020, 01:39 PM
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Default Alligators in Imperial River? Bonita Springs, FL area

Hi all, I know somewhat silly question as I've heard there is chance a gator can be in any body of water in FL. Main question is there a lot of them since is it is brackish tidal river?

Yet to see one but like I said above I assume there are some? Just wondering if anyone has local knowledge or first hand experience
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We have seen gators in Tampa Bay and on the beach. They wont "normally" be there, but any body of water in Florida is possible
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No first hand knowledge sorry, but heck yeah there are gators in there! I'd be surprised if a crock hasn't made a home in there at one time as well...and maybe a bull shark too!
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The trifecta.
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100% there are both American Saltwater Crocodiles and American Alligators in that river. During periods of heavy rain, you will see alligators on the grass flats just off the beaches. Saltwater crocs have been spotted as far north as Tampa Bay.
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There used to be a 12 footer on Sanibel that took a dip in the gulf at least once a week before heading over to the Dairy Queen for a tourist supplied burger. He ate a landscaper and they sent him off to the handbag factory.
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Originally Posted by CarverChris View Post
I've heard there is chance a gator can be in any body of water in FL.
It's not a chance...
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
There used to be a 12 footer on Sanibel that took a dip in the gulf at least once a week before heading over to the Dairy Queen for a tourist supplied burger. He ate a landscaper and they sent him off to the handbag factory.
I remember that. They actually felt that the gator was stalking the woman, as she made multiple trips to the same location to discard clippings from landscaping.

I found an article on it.
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Sanibel also had an 11’ croc that was like 30 years old. Saw it in Ding Darling once. I think it died of old age.
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Yes for sure. I regularly see them north of the Wiggins pass area.
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Originally Posted by arctic_f250 View Post
Yes for sure. I regularly see them north of the Wiggins pass area.
Thanks I figured there were, but just curious about concentration. I sure do see a lot of folks swimming in the Imperial though
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This one happened on the Caloosahatchee River about 10 years ago. Kids swimming in the river. Kid lost his arm to a gator. Quite the story.

https://www.palmbeachpost.com/articl...news/812029544
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They love those little white piss and shiver dogs. Reminds them of marshmallows.
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Here's a formula that will determine if there's alligators, Florida + water = Alligators... Hasn't failed me yet.....
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
This one happened on the Caloosahatchee River about 10 years ago. Kids swimming in the river. Kid lost his arm to a gator. Quite the story.

https://www.palmbeachpost.com/articl...news/812029544
Be careful of crabs in the Lickasnatchee..........
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Be careful of crabs in the Lickasnatchee..........
No doubt, you think you are taking a quick dip in the water and it turns out your summer is ruined!
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I had a 5 footer sneaking up on my 120 pound yellow lab in the Estero River. I am not sure if the dog jumping or me coming after the gator with my home made boat hook (Hoe handle with a 7/16" SS bold bent into a hook) but he took off. I planned on burying that hook between his beady little eyes.
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Great, now were going to need a bigger boat!!
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