Gator Danger: Tips for handling a lizard on the loose - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Gator Danger: Tips for handling a lizard on the loose

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

On Sunday, wildlife officials spotted and captured an alligator a few miles east off Mansfield in an area of U.S. Highway 84.

So what should you do if you spot one of these large lizards?

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

  • Keep your distance
  • Don't try to move the gator
  • Put your animals on a leash
  • If the gator hisses, then you are too close.
  • Back away slowly
  • Call wildlife officials

If the alligator is not posing a threat, then it is suggested to wait a few days, if possible even up to a week, before contacting LDWF.

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