Labelle mother aims to remove unwanted gators from her property

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LABELLE, Fla. — A LaBelle mother is worried after an alligator tried to attack her three-year-old son right on her own property.

Alyssa Belin said three months ago they were able to swim in their pond, but now they have to share it with unwanted visitors.

“We stocked it with our own fish and our own turtles and we went on vacation to see my grandmother in South Carolina, come back and it’s full of alligators,” Belin said.

Belin noticed it was not just one gator, but four.

“One of them is 4 to 5 feet, then there’s these little babies and then there’s a medium sized one maybe about five feet,” she said.

Belin said the final straw was when the gator tried to attack her three-year-old son Connor.

“I was going to use my firearm but I didn’t want to get in trouble because FWC said that I would go to jail,” Belin said.

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So instead, she tried calling FWC’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program or SNAP at their hotline 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

“I’ve called FWC many many times. They will not do anything about it, they say it’s their natural habitat,” she said.

Now she’s left trying to take matters into her own hands.

“We have tried fishing for the big alligator hugs from the movie ropes. He literally snapped it and chewed it right off,” Belin said.

But nothing has worked.

“If anyone wants to come and volunteer to come get them out of here, they’re not always visible but you’re more than welcome to come,” Belin said.

FWC has marked August 15 to November 1 as recreational gator hunting season… But you have to be permitted, which costs roughly $52.

They also said that spring and summer are the most active season for gators as their metabolism increases and they actively look for food. Which is how they found Belin’s property.

“You know, I try to keep our animals away but we have no more chickens, no more quails, we have nothing left,” Belin said.

FWC said they will relocate any gator that is a nuisance and longer than four feet.

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