Georgia Wildlife Refuge Managers Move Nuisance Gators

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News Release: Associated Press
July 29, 2014

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) -- Managers of a coastal Georgia wildlife refuge say they've had to relocate several alligators after repeated interactions with humans who feed them.

Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge Supervisory Ranger Susan Heisey tells The Florida Times-Union several animals that have become used to being fed by humans are now considered nuisance alligators and have been moved to different areas.

Officials say people who catch fish they don't want occasionally throw them to alligators, which can lead to the animals expecting fishermen and other humans to feed them if they're nearby.

Heisey says alligators are curious and opportunistic, and feeding the animals could lead to fines and other punishments.

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