How to Survive an Alligator Attack

An alligator trapper offers his tips, emphasizing that "you've got to respect the gator."
2:33 | 06/16/16

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We begin with the alligator attack in Florida and questions this morning about just how common they are and what you should do if you encounter a gator. ABC's Lauren Lyster went out with one of the trappers who helped search for that 2-year-old boy and joins us from Orlando. Good morning, Lauren. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. You know, here in Florida they are everywhere. An estimated 1.3 million gators lurking in the lake, rivers and canals across the state. Here at gatorland they're in captivity. This is a theme park. This is fencing to use livestock in and works with alligators but you need an eight-foot tall fence to keep them away. A familiaring is reeling after an that tack that claimed the life of their son. While alligator attacks are rare, alligator appearances aren't. Residents here in Florida dealing with alligators turning up anywhere from their front stoop to the swimming pool, even the golf course. We have a lake behind our home and we see alligators all the time. Reporter: But what about these prehistoric predators is so dangerous? He's going to come out of the water at speeds upwards of 20 to 30 miles an hour. Reporter: At jungle adventures Ryan showed me how their speed and weight can overwhelm their prey. 1600 pounds of total pressure together. Reporter: Why do they attack? Sometimes mistaken identity. Twilight and dusk is when they hunt. If something is splashing that says wounded animal to them. Easy prey. Reporter: Out with alligator trappers including one who helped in the search for the missing boy at Disney world gators are expected and easy to spot. Why in swimming pools? With that the gators are coming through pipes and local canals. Reporter: Trappers are called when the animals show up when they shouldn't be. Caught in a barstool in somebody's backyard. Reporter: What do you think people who live in Florida that know about alligators that tourists don't. You need to respect the gator. All you need is one. Go down on the water then you pay for it. Now, the likelihood of being seriously injured by a gator is 1 in 2.4 million. The most dangerous time of year is now. Summer month, breeding and nesting seasons are in play. The time of year when gators are particularly aggressive. Amy. All right, Lauren, thank you for that.

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