Alligators. "I was fishing in shallow water for bass like I normally do, and coming down the cove and, lo and behold, I look up on the bank and I see an alligator," Harrison said.Harrison says at first, he thought it was a prank or yard art, but as he got closer, he knew it was real.Finding an alligator on the lake was a surprise, and so was the location. Lake Nottely (also called Nottely Reservoir) is one of many reservoirs of the Tennessee Valley Authority.It is located entirely in Union County, Georgia in the United States and within the Chatahoochee-Oconee National Forests.
And Lake Sinclair is as about far north as you'll find them. "I chuckled to myself at first, I thought, 'This can't be real,'" said Mark Harrison.Pharmacist Mark Harrison was enjoying his day off on Lake Sinclair when he came across an unusual sight. Lake Livingston lies just over an hour away from the Houston metropolitan area, making it an ideal spot to cool off on a hot summer day.
Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states. So this time, he had his camera ready.
I live in Florida, we have them in abundance, and they pose no threat to paddlers. "According to DNR, there are approximately 200,000 alligators in Georgia. "People have said, 'Why do you think there would be gators in Sinclair?' "We don't know if this one was born here or not," Harrison said. Alligators expanding into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.Alligators are opportunistic feeders that prey on fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, and waterfowl. "I posted it on there late Monday evening, came to work Tuesday, and by the time I got off work Tuesday, it had over 25,000 views. The men were in a 16-foot boat when, Ardis told WLTX, they found a spot in the lake with up to a dozen alligators. And my answer to that is, 'Why do you think there would not be gators in Sinclair?' They can withstand periods of ice by sticking their snout out of the water before it freezes which allows them to continue breathing.TWRA would like to remind everyone that alligators are a protected species and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law.
TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. © 2020 WMAZ-TV. If you come across one while exploring the outdoors in West TN, leave it alone and enjoy Tennessee’s unique biodiversity. DNR says alligators live and reproduce south of the fall line.Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Find COVID-19 Information and Resources This is one reason Florida has made it illegal to water-ski after dark. All Rights Reserved. If you have a close encounter with an alligator a … "I think that's what needs to be investigated by the authorities. "I would've expected him to be in a more wild area.
"It was a very residential neighborhood, which was a shock to me," Harrison said. DNR says alligators live and reproduce south of the fall line. "I've had a lot of people that are scared and putting comments that they don't want to swim anymore, which is really ridiculous," Harrison said.
Formed in 1942 by the damming of the Nottely River, Nottely Reservoir extends 20 miles (30 km) upstream to the town of Blairsville. "Harrison estimates the gator is only 2 or 3 feet long... for now. According to DNR, there are approximately 200,000 alligators in Georgia.
"This is a small gator that's no threat to humans. I’ve seen a few alligators in SC, so I know they are at least in the eastern lowlands. "I expected to have maybe 3 or 400 views on it, from friends and family," Harrison said. And Lake Sinclair is as about far north as you'll find them. Recently a seven-foot alligator was videoed by TWRA Region 1 personnel in West Tennessee at the Wolf River WMA in Fayette County. A Milledgeville man was enjoying his day off on Lake Sinclair when he came across an unexpected surprise. This latest sighting is one of several confirmed sightings of alligators in Southwest Tennessee. T And once they got the gator, they were in for a ride on their 16-foot boat. It's a large body of freshwater with tons of natural resources," Harrison said. "Why wouldn't there be gators there? Occasionally they will feed on larger animals such as possums, raccoons, and deer.Alligators can survive Tennessee winters by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation. "Alligators less than 4 feet in length are not large enough to be dangerous unless handled," says the FWC. "Harrison says people have all sorts of reactions, including fear. I would not advise swimming at dusk, dark, or dawn, but that’s about it. There's a lot of lakes in Florida that are artificially created that don't naturally have alligators like the lakes that they make inside of resort communities. ALLIGATORS have a natural fear of humans and usually begin a quick retreat when approached by people. "Harrison says nearly 15 years ago, he thought he saw an alligator on Lake Sinclair, but his family and friend doubted him. This latest sighting is one of several confirmed sightings of alligators in Southwest Tennessee.Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states. Harrison says he had no idea how much traction the video would get when he posted it to Facebook. "But he says he wasn't trying to alarm anyone by posting the video, just to warn them. Large alligators feed most actively during the evening hours. Recently a seven-foot alligator was videoed by TWRA Region 1 personnel in West Tennessee at the Wolf River WMA in Fayette County. "I do have concerns that there may be a larger gator.