Okefenokee Alligators: No Laughing Matter

American Alligator swimming at dusk, eyes glowing from a spotlight; Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia. ©www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally from Dreamstime.com.

An excerpt from the 1926 book History of the Okefenokee, By Hamp Mizell and AS McQueen:

“Alligator hunting affords excellent sport, and requires considerable courage, for it is no laughing matter to haul a wounded alligator into a boat on a dark night. They can – and do – become nasty customers at times and are capable of inflicting serious wounds, either with their long teeth or with their tails. A large alligator can very nearly kill a man with a vicious swipe of the tail.”

iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29933513


    1. It was a different view back then. They thought there were never ending populations. I too am glad the alligator still abound unlike the fate of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.


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