They are not a serious danger provided you are doing traditional lake activities
in a traditional way.
Attacks are rare and are not generally fatal.
In 2017 there were 12 reported bites state-wide, none of which were fatal.
In 2018 there were 9 reported bites state-wide, one of which was fatal.
There are more alligator attacks on dogs than people, so don't let your dog wander
near the shoreline. Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn.
If you are skiing, tubing, or swimming do not do so near the reeds and cattails. If you
should fall, you are unnecessarily near where alligators are most likely to be.
You are not likely to see an alligator if you are
swimming or wading with a group of people at one of the two park beaches during
normal daylight hours.
Those attacked are generally
near the shoreline, often alone, and doing an activity near the vegetation. Alligators are
opportunistic hunters who prefer a meal they can easily overpower. Those that have
survived an attack have fought back, often by poking at the eyes while resisting being
dragged into deeper water. Alligators release prey they cannnot overpower.
Alligators prefer small prey but can mistake larger animals as a meal. Alligators
larger than 4 feet are far more aggressive hunters than those under 4 feet.
It is illegal to feed an alligator in Florida. If you feed an alligator, you
are training it to move toward people in search of a meal. Once an alligator loses
a fear of humans it must be destroyed.
Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida. The Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) places its highest priority on public safety and
administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) to address complaints
concerning specific alligators believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.
People with concerns about an alligator should call the FWC toll-free Nuisance Alligator
Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). When someone concerned about an alligator
calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, FWC can dispatch one of their contracted
nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation.
Other good advice is located here.