Alligator killed in Claremore

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People only destroy what they don't understand or can't cope with. There are people who do this for a living who could have saved that animals life. I'm not saying that because I'm against killing stuff. Some stuff needs killed. But that seems such a waste. How can you protect something so dearly and just kill it cause you're a .gov employee who is exempt from the peasants law?
 

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People only destroy what they don't understand or can't cope with. There are people who do this for a living who could have saved that animals life. I'm not saying that because I'm against killing stuff. Some stuff needs killed. But that seems such a waste. How can you protect something so dearly and just kill it cause you're a .gov employee who is exempt from the peasants law?
Those guys don't live in Oklahoma.
 

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If they had called me, I'd have gone there to help.
I'm sure I could have relocated that beast without killing it. Just feed it first, then work on the moving it after lunch.
Reach out to give your contact info and the different animals you have technical expertise in so they know to call you next time.

Do you have experience handling 10 foot gators? Do you have others who are experienced who will help? It is not a 1 man job.

I am familiar with several fire departments that have bee keepers that reach out every spring to share contact information. They will come collect (not sure correct term) the bees.
 

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Do you have experience handling 9 foot gators? Do you have others who are experienced who will help? It is not a 1 man job.
Again, nearly the 9 feet that one was.
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Again, nearly the 9 feet that one was.
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That guy is in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

It's not really relevant how many people can jump into a pond and corral a 9 foot alligator if they're not anywhere around. Is that what you're saying, they could have brought this guy in from Florida? Or because there's a guy in Florida who works with alligators all the time, someone in Oklahoma should be able to do it?

And... I'll concede there is probably someone in Oklahoma who could do it, but if he/she wasn't in Claremore at the time, that's not helpful either.
 

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That guy is in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

It's not really relevant how many people can jump into a pond and corral a 9 foot alligator if they're not anywhere around. Is that what you're saying, they could have brought this guy in from Florida? Or because there's a guy in Florida who works with alligators all the time, someone in Oklahoma should be able to do it?

And... I'll concede there is probably someone in Oklahoma who could do it, but if he/she wasn't in Claremore at the time, that's not helpful either.
I'm saying two or three ODWC officers should have been able to wrangle a gator that size. I mean they train on the wildlife in the state and those live here. It just seems they should be better equipped to handle these situations than to just go around shooting protected animals.
 

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I'm saying two or three ODWC officers should have been able to wrangle a gator that size. I mean they train on the wildlife in the state and those live here. It just seems they should be better equipped to handle these situations than to just go around shooting protected animals.

The American alligator was removed from the Federal list of threatened and endangered species back in the 1980s, I believe. ODWC still lists it as a “species of greatest conservation need” due to its rarity in OK, but it’s numerous through the southern part of its range simply due to weather. Because of its similarity to the American crocodile, which is considerably less numerous and which does have Federal protection, the Federal gov’t does regulate trade in products made from alligators to prevent unscrupulous individuals from passing off crocodile products as coming from alligators.
 
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