Man comes forward after being caught feeding an alligator in Gulf State Park

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – A day after posting a status on Facebook, Gulf State Park found the man seen with an alligator. According to the post, he attracted a crowd by feeding the alligator and when asked about it, he said he was paid to do so.

The man has not been charged, but it is a situation that baffles residents.

“I feel like it would be pretty dangerous to feed the alligators. I brought them up while I was fishing. They came a little close to me. But the more you feed them, the more chances you have of that happen,” Jeff Dalton said.

“They have the ability to jump out of water. They can grab your arm. They can drag you inside and take your arm off. Why take these risks? I don’t understand that,” Mike Rodgers said.

There are signs all over the park advising you to leave the alligators alone. And with good reason.

Feeding alligators could make them lose their fear of humans. Which makes it a dangerous situation for the next person who sees it.

The people we spoke to have this tip if you’re taking a trip to the park.

“Keep your distance. They’re wild animals again. The kids are going to see what you’re doing and they’re going to think it’s okay. Then the first thing you know, we have a tragedy,” Rodgers said.

Alligators are listed as threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. So the park asks for your help to keep them safe by leaving them alone.

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