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Gator tips: Staying safe around Louisiana wildlife

Alligators are becoming more active after their winter dormancy. Alligators are becoming more active after their winter dormancy.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A 6-foot-long alligator was captured in a Bossier City neighborhood Tuesday night.

In light of that story, KSLA News 12 decided to speak with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for tips on how to stay safe as alligators become more active.

It turns out, keeping out of those huge alligator chompers is all about using common sense. Don't feed alligators if you see one because that will make the alligator associate you with food, and that's not a good situation to be in.

Avoid swimming in ponds, rivers and lakes at night, dusk, or dawn because that's when gators are most actively hunting.

Lastly, if you know you have a gator near your house, always supervise any small children or animals that are playing near any water.

Alligators will show signs that you are getting too close by hissing, and jaw snapping, and they can charge up to 35 mph.

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