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How to avoid an alligator attack

Alligator attacks are on the rise. These beasts are fast, have the strongest bite known to science and their numbers are growing in some areas of the U.S.

Take a quick look on YouTube and you'll find harrowing videos of people who have had a brush with alligators, and according to the North Carolina Department of Heath and Human Services, the number of attacks are growing.

More and more people are moving into the gator's territory in the southeast and southwestern United States and it's becoming a turf war. People are finding these scaly creatures crawling around their backyards, their pools and on their favorite golf course.

America Now's pet pro Jules Sylvester has supplied reptiles to the movie industry for 25 years. "They were almost extinct quite a few years back because they were hunted out for their trade. Usually the 5 footers were taken out because they were perfect for handbags and shoes. That was immediately stopped when they realized the alligator was becoming extinct and there were hardly any left. They stopped all hunting and now we have too many alligators."

To reduce the risk of running into an alligator don't swim at dawn, dusk and night. That's when alligators are most active and hungry. If you hear an alligator's hiss, it's a warning you are too close.

If you're in a boat, canoe or kayak and you have a close encounter, make lots of noise by slapping the water with your oars.

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