TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – Alligators are such an important part of life in the Tampa Bay area as palm trees and white sand.
Typically, alligators and people can get along, but sometimes, we see incidents like the now viral instance of an 11-foot "cave" in a house in Clearwater.
Karina Parina is the director of Croc Encounters in Tampa. It is also an annoying alligator trap, hired through the Florida Wildlife and Fish Conservation Commission in Hillsborough County.
He was surprised to hear about the unwanted night visitor at the Eagles Landing house.
"It definitely surprised me a bit to see an alligator breaking into a window inside someone's house." So that was kind of surprising, like the first time I heard about an alligator breaking in, "Parina said.
"But also, you know, we live in Florida, so I thought, that's fine, that's not unusual."
Parina said that as a trapper, something like this is considered an "emergency situation." The trappers would receive a phone call to respond immediately.
She said that a "normal day" in the world of catching alligators is quite different.
"Normally, for the capture of alligators, when it is not an emergency situation, we will receive an email that says we have this permission & # 39; and details about the alligator and we will have to contact the person who called it and then go out and see what's going on, look at the situation. "
The trappers will sometimes try to align numerous permits in a day and, as Parina says, I hope they have good luck and find the alligators.
Trappers can go to many places in a day, but that does not mean they are always successful.
"Sometimes it takes a while before we even see the alligator. It is possible that they have seen it happen, or that it only leaves at a certain time of the day … Maybe it goes through the pipes and goes to another pond and then returns, so it is a kind of blow or failure, "said Parina.
At Croc Encounters, the annoying alligators that Parina has caught have a second chance in life.
That is not the case with all the gators, however.
"Most alligators will be slaughtered because there are many other trappers and they are not really paid for their services, so they have to recover in some way." "Usually, they take them to a processor for some compensation, you know, meat and skin," Parina told news channel 8.
She had some advice for people who may be nervous about encounters with alligators after seeing images of Clearwater.
"I think it's really important that people know that they can definitely live among alligators, and you do not have to call all the alligators you see, every gator is not going to be a real nuisance," he said.
"Definitely, when people start feeding them, that's a completely different situation, that's definitely something they do not want to do." You do not want to feed the alligators because that gets them used to people, they lose their fear and now they're getting closer to people".
To report an annoying crocodile to FWC, call 866-FWC-GATOR.