GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials are asking drivers to be cautious after six alligators were found dead along a major road in Collier County.
The Naples Daily News reports that despite the rains, southwest Florida is experiencing a drought. And that has gators on the hunt for a new habitat. Some are crossing Immokalee Road to a quarry and are being struck and killed by drivers who don't see them.
Jason Lauritson is with the Audubon of Florida Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. He says as swamps dry up, alligators pick up the scent of the quarry. The sixth gator was found dead Friday.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Tony Young says the migrations should cease with the rainy weather and the alligators should be able to find new habitats.