Several alligators have been spotted recently in Riverstone lakes, but at this time they have not exhibited behavior that would be defined as “nuisance” by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Alligators are native to LID 15 and can be found in the lakes and bayous around the community. LID 15 follows the guidance and regulations set by TPWD for trapping and relocating alligators.
If You See an Alligator
Many Texans will live in close proximity to these native reptiles with no confrontations, however, there are occasions when certain alligators become a “nuisance” and must be handled by the proper authorities. The current legal definition of a nuisance alligator is “an alligator that is depredating (killing livestock or pets) or a threat to human health and safety.” TPWD is the only authority that can deem an alligator a nuisance because of their protected status, and LID 15 relies on TWPD to perform any removals.
Alligators have a natural fear of humans and usually retreat when approached by people, however, the following are instances in which local authorities should be notified:
- If you see an alligator in the roadway;
- If an alligator is repeatedly following boats, canoes or other watercrafts, and/or maintains a close distance without submersing; or
- If you walk near the water and an alligator comes straight toward you, especially if it comes out of the water.
If you notice any of these “nuisance” behaviors, contact LID 15 using the following link and the incident will be reported to TWPD: www.fblid15.com/contact-us