Alligator Crawl

Even though the City of Fort Myers (Fla.) Central Advanced Wastewater Facility is in a well-developed area, several alligators have shown up over the years. This 8-foot gator was one of those guests on the grounds.

The alligator spent weeks in and around the stormwater catch basins and retention pond. “He would hiss and make a fuss when you got too close. Eventually he went away on his own,” says plant superintendent Kevin Wagner. In addition to alligators, “We’ve had regular visits from hawks and wading birds of all types. Recently a bald eagle hung around for a few days.”

It sounds as if the plant is not missing out on any of nature’s beauty … or beasts.


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