We take our role in the safety of our members and guests very seriously. At the same time we also take our designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses seriously. We have a strong commitment to this program which involves providing a sanctuary for wildlife.
Alligators basking in the sun on the lake banks is a natural practice for these animals and it does not indicate that they are becoming accustomed to humans. In SW Florida every body of water may contain alligators and/or snakes. We should never drop our awareness of this fact and should always refrain from feeding them or approaching them for photos. We will be diligent in protecting the safety of our members and work hard to provide a healthy environment for our native wildlife. Our policy is to monitor alligator sightings and to make sure that they are not losing their natural fear of humans.
It’s important to note that if you call Florida Wildlife Commission or any other trapper for a nuisance alligator, they are not relocated to another area; they are killed and sold. That said, if there is an alligator that has lost its natural fear of humans, we will contact FWC to have it removed.
In Florida, feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor. The penalty for unlawfully feeding alligators is a fine of up to $500.00 and possible jail time.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has published a brochure called “A Guide to Living with Alligators” that provides information on the subject. Click here to view it