Friday, March 25, 2011
Fear not the alligator
Where I come from we have alligators. Lots of them. If I found a 700 lb dead alligator my first thought would NOT be, "Whoa! Big alligators live here! I am afraid of the water now!" it would be, "Whoa, some asshole came on my property and shot this perfectly good alligator! Where is he now? What if he finds my shed and steals my chop saw?!"
I don't understand people who fear nature but are perfectly comfortable around people. In the United States every year there are over a million violent crimes perpetrated by people on other people. Alligator attacks only happen about 20 times. People hurt alligators a lot more than the other way around. Witness the dead alligator in the story. Why are people not more afraid of people?!
Is it just because they are accustomed to being around lots of people who are harmless? Maybe that's the difference. I'm just weird because I grew up around more alligators and poisonous snakes than people so to me they seem harmless and the people are scary.
Apparently they caught the guy that shot the alligator but haven't charged him. It's only a misdemeanor to poach an alligator and brag about it on Facebook?