Jekyll Island Officials Post Signs Warning of Alligators
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A little more than two months after the fatal alligator attack of a toddler at a Disney resort, officials in another tourist spot are warning visitors to be wary of the powerful creatures.
The Jekyll Island Authority, the state agency that manages the island off the coast of Georgia, has put up almost 30 warning signs near ponds and ditches and at golf course entrances over the last month, ABC News reported.
The signs read: "Be Aware Alligators Are Common in Lakes, Ponds and Ditches” and “Do Not Feed Wildlife," ABC said. They also include a graphic of an alligator.
The island's conservation manager, Ben Carswell, told ABC that the agency had already planned to post notices to discourage the feeding of gators, but the Florida tragedy motivated staff to move faster.
"We took a hard look at what sort of information we were getting out to people about the presence of alligators on Jekyll Island," Carswell told ABC. "We don't want people to be scared about nature and wildlife on Jekyll. But we want them to be aware of it and what these animals and their behaviors are."
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