Sharing Summer Pleasures with Wildlife
Ross Barnett Reservoir located in Central Mississippi is a great summer location for the residents, boating, swimming, fishing, great outdoor recreation. One drawback, the residents have to share the reservoir with the reservoir's year long residents; alligators. John Sigman, executive director for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, said the reptiles have been a mainstay at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. "They've been here since there have been alligators," Sigman said. Usually the alligators do stay away from the crowds, but occasionally one will come too close for comfort and will be relocated.
One resident, Tracey Stokes, has seen gators swimming along the roads. One night there was a 3 foot alligator in the middle of the road. Stokes swerved to avoid it, there were no other vehicles on the road. Sigman says they have to remove dead alligators from the road about once a week. The cold blooded animals go onto the road and are struck by vehicles. Some of the larger alligators have done damage to cars. Sigman said this year the state will be doubling the number of alligator licenses they offer. Sigman says the best way to stay safe around alligators is to use common sense, give them a good berth, and don't feed them. Feeding alligators and geese around the reservoir is illegal. The alligators continue returning to places where they are fed. From Rankinledger.com.