Texas Parks and Wildlife Approves Alligator Removal From Del Valle

One or more alligators reportedly attacked a dog in November.

DEL VALLE, Texas – Alligators from a neighborhood in Del Valle are expected to be removed in the coming months after a neighbor in the area said he saw alligators attacking a dog.

According to a spokesperson for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the department has now deemed the removal of the animal (s) appropriate.

A specialist from the department will survey the area over the next few weeks or months, depending on weather conditions. As alligators are generally inactive in the winter, treatment may take longer with multiple on-site inspections.

The spokesperson said community representatives had reached out in hopes of having the animal (s) removed. The next visit of the specialist will help determine the feasibility.

After KVUE first reported this story in early December, department game wardens investigated the area but could not confirm whether alligators had attacked a dog. However, they confirmed that alligators lived in the Berdoll Farms neighborhood retention pond.

“Normally this time of year, winter, cooler months, alligators are more dormant. They stop when it comes to foraging, so we don’t see a lot of calls. unwelcome complaints, so it’s certainly an aberration of what we normally deal with this time of year, ”said Jonathan Warner, who heads TPWD’s Alligator program at the time. said, we will continue to monitor the area, working with the community on best practices for dealing with alligators. “

Ahead of the department’s recent approval, Warner said repatriation of alligators would usually be a last resort.

“When you remove an individual, normally in healthy populations, it is the next man. There is another who will fill that niche. There is another who will take over, whether it is a male. dominant breeder or nesting female. This is normally just replaced by another alligator. Obviously, a lot of places in [Travis County], we don’t have high populations, so it’s possible that there might not be alligators there anymore and that would definitely have downward ramifications for the food web of this local aquatic ecosystem, ”Warner said. .

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