While cruising back to Lake Monroe, FL, I spotted a flock of vultures. It isn’t unusual to see them sitting in a tree, but when they are on the ground it usually means they are feeding on something.
At first glance it appeared they were sitting on a log, but it did seem unusual so we turned around for a better look.
We were right to double check…it is definitely a gator. August 15 thru Nov 1 is hunting season.
It’s possible it died of natural causes but with the season open……..not likely.
I know they are dangerous…and the big ones especially so…but I sure hate to see all the big old gators killed off. Many of the problems are caused by people who feed them and they start associating people with food instead of being wary of them. During breeding season it’s best not to hang around their territory. Many people hunt them for the meat, hides and the extra money to keep the family going. I have no problem with that. I’ve done it myself in the past.(though not with gators). Not a fan of “trophy” hunters, though.