I was saddened to read about Rachael Lilienthan losing her arm to an alligator (Herald, Sept. 27). It was so awful for her and the brave ones who helped her. I then read another article where a college student was arrested on a felony charge for having an alligator hide drying in his yard.
Alligators are everywhere in the lakes and rivers here in Florida. They are over-populated. The felony law needs to be changed for killing an alligator without a license.
Alligators are as bountiful as the hogs are here in Florida, yet it is OK to kill the hog but not the alligator? Make folks buy a license and have open alligator seasons so these creatures won't get more out of control than they are now.
My elderly mother once thought she was going to pick up a branch in her back yard, which borders a small manmade lake. She reached down and saw the branch was an alligator.
Never miss a local story.
Folks beware, alligators lurk in your waterfront property and at times they don't follow the rules like Rachael found out in a horrible way.