Beware of Alligators

A sign I thought I’d never see on a trail here in Huntsville! They released several alligators some 20+ years ago in order to control the beaver population, and apparently they can survive the winter here. Sort of reminds me of the 1930s when someone introduced kudzu into the southeastern U.S. as a way to control erosion. Some as long as 12 or 14 feet have been spotted (alligators, not kudzu!). This sign is on the new section of the Singing River Trail behind the new Grissom High School.

There are several ponds along the greenway trail, and this is the largest. Several folks I talked with have spotted a 6 or 8-foot alligator either in this pond, one of the smaller ponds, or basking on the banks near the trails. Well, I’ll not go in search of any of them, but if one does show up, hopefully I’ll have my camera with a long telephoto lens on it!

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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