It's the beginning of summer and that means sunscreen and bathing suits are coming out - and so are alligators. Many reptile watchers think they're doing the gators a favor by feeding them, but officials say they're doing the opposite.
Fish and Wildlife officials say many gator watchers end up feeding them which can turn a normal gator into what's called a "nuisance gator." Those gators have to be removed from the population.
"A fed gator is a dead gator," said Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Karen Parker, "basically what that means is gators normally are afraid of people but if people start feeding them then they're going to start coming up to folks and looking at us like we're a ham sandwich."
Feeding alligators is also against state law.
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