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Here's how to stay safe when you live in alligator country

The FWC recommends four main action steps when it comes to living with alligators safely. Number one: never feed an alligator. It’s illegal and when fed, gators start to associate humans with food. Number two: keep your pets away from the water. Gators can easily lunge at anything close by. Number three: swim during the day and only in designated areas. And number four: keep your distance if you do see a gator, they are capable of running short bursts up to 30 mph.