Then the poodles began to vanish from his backyard — first Spotty, then Luna and Angel. The culprit? In much of Florida, the suspect would be an alligator. In this case, it's an 11-foot American crocodile.
Listed as a federally endangered species in 1975, after hunting and habitat loss nearly wiped it from the wild, the American crocodile has surged to numbers not seen in a century. Today, the population is about 2,000 at the southern tip of Florida, the species' only U.S. habitat, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has downgraded its status to threatened.
As it returns to its historical range — now populated by millions of humans — the American crocodile, which can grow to 15 feet, will be living more in people's backyards, especially those closest to the coast.
It's alarming to some residents, even in a state that already has more than a million alligators. Florida wildlife officials get thousands of complaints every year from residents fearful of gators, which can eat dogs, cats, and, very infrequently, people. About 140,000 problem alligators were killed in Florida between 1977 and 2007.
Here's a news flash US ... the crocodiles are moving back in, and taking over ... 140,000 deaths of my brethren, and I'd be itching for revenge too.
Note to Self - Places NOT to visit on vacations between now and 2012; Disney World, Universal Studios, Miami Beach, Key West ...
Good Luck during the Animal Uprising 2012 Florida ...