Pet owners describe attack as "death roll"

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 09:47 PM.
Shaw said he believed the alligator was badly wounded after the first shot, but they fired more than one to be sure.
City officials are asking the public to not to feed wild animals — including birds, especially ducks, and alligators — in the city parks. The feeding encourages them to remain in area, attracting predators such as alligators, officials said.
Alligators feed at dawn and dusk and are native to the New River and its creeks. City officials also cautioned the community to keep pets on leashes per city law and to keep pets and children away from the water.
“Our message to the citizens is, don’t feed alligators, don’t feed the ducks in this area that feed the alligators,” Nordstrom said. “Just be mindful of your animals, of yourself, and your family; and sometimes nature and humans combine.”

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