Please be aware that we do have some alligator residents at the range. These reptiles have been spotted at the gate canal and along other ditches in the area.
We currently have a couple of “GATORS” that hang out on Range 1. They like the water areas on each side of the range.
Please do not feed or harass these animals. They are becoming more aggressive due to close interaction with people at PSC. Be aware of their existence at the range and let them have their space.
These are some facts about our residents;
DOs AND DON'Ts FOR LIVING WITH ALLIGATORS
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Adapted from "Living with Alligators," Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission )
Don’t - kill, harass, molest or attempt to move alligators. State law prohibits such actions, and the potential for being bitten or injured by a provoked alligator is high.
Do - call your TPWD regional office if you encounter a nuisance gator that has lost its fear of people.
Don’t - allow small children to play by themselves in or around water.
Do - closely supervise children when playing in or around water.
Don’t - swim at night or during dusk or dawn when alligators most actively feed.
Do - use ordinary common care. Swim only during daylight hours.
Don’t - feed or entice alligators. Alligators overcome their natural shyness and become accustomed or attracted to humans when fed. It is now a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500, to intentionally feed an alligator.
Do - inform others that feeding alligators creates problems for others who want to use the water for recreational purposes.
Don’t - throw fish scraps into the water or leave them on shore. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators, the end result can be the same.
Do - dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at most boat ramps or fish camps.
Don’t - remove any alligators from their natural habitat or accept one as a pet. It is a violation of state law to do so. Alligators do not become tame in captivity and handling even small ones may result in bites. In particular, never go near baby alligators or pick them up. They may seem cute and harmless, but mama alligator will be nearby, and will protect her clutch for at least two years.
Do - enjoy viewing and photographing wild alligators from a safe distance of at least 30 feet or more. Remember that they're an important part of Texas's natural history, as well as an integral component of many wetland ecosystems.
As always at PSC the wildlife is off limits and is to be left alone. Please make sure you follow this principle. We don’t want some to get hurt or cause the animals any harm.
PSC Board of Directors