TIM CHITWOOD: Accounting for reptiles and trolls

July 21, 2013 

Hunted like a crocodile ravaged in the corn, it's Monday Mail.


Today's opening is from the Bob Dylan song "Shelter From the Storm."


A reader going by "happydownsizer" sends this email regarding a June 22 column about alligators living in the Chattahoochee River here:

Thank you for the informative article about our neighbors, the gators. But, what was going on in the accompanying photo and where was it taken?

Dear Happy:

The correct caption for that photo was misplaced.

The photo showed Jason Clark of Southeastern Reptile Rescue feeding the alligators at Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, which is a convenient place for area residents to see an alligator, if they don't want to go hunt for one downriver.


Here's a posting from "Diver00" to a July 8 Monday Mail column on whether Chattahoochee gators might want to swim up here and eat some whitewater rafters. A correspondent in that column had mentioned nudging gators out of her way at Riverbend Park:

A lot of fear comes from misconceptions and lack of knowledge though I do find that nudging an alligator isn't the best or brightest idea either. Gators tend to hunt in slower, less turbulent water. It is easy to stalk/catch prey and easier to "store" it under dead logs in slower water or ponds. Whitewater rafters, you are currently safe.

Dear Diver00:

That's true, but we could train gators to move upstream and eat rafters. All we'd have to do is feed them from a rubber raft, gradually moving the feeding site north until we reached the rapids.

That would give "Cut Bait" more meaning.

Animal house

We again stress that though gators rarely eat people, they will go after dogs, so owners should be cautious about letting dogs play in the river south of here in hot weather.

Speaking of dogs, here's a posting from "ster402005" appended to a July 14 column in which I offered to send Congressman Sanford Bishop's press secretary photos of naked dogs to post on Bishop's Facebook page:

After the guy violated the dog last week, I find this in extremely poor taste. But there is no accounting for stupidity, now is there?

Dear ster402005:

That column didn't mention the dog abuse. You did. And that was in extremely poor taste, but there's no accounting for trolls, so you're right.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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