Hungry gators harassing fisherman in Loxahatchee

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

LOXAHATCHEE, FL (WFLX) - Local fisherman are worried gators are getting too close for comfort.

John Koterba loves hitting South Florida's fresh water canals to enjoy one of America's oldest past times, but his love for the sport comes with a fear for something else. "The gators are chasing your top water lures every time you throw them out."

Florida's premier predator is harassing fisherman up and down the canals at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge more so than they ever have. In some cases, they are going after fish and lures.

Koterba shot home video less than a week ago. It shows how aggressive the gators are getting.

In recent months, more and more of them have been piling up in the canals leaving their flats due to the sever drought and the subsequent lack of food.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials say recent rainfall is allowing gators to return to the flats and stay out of the canals.

It is illegal to bait or feed alligators, and those who do will face heavy fines.