Louisiana governor’s tweet: Please don’t feed the alligators

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say high water means people are seeing more alligators than usual, and feeding them is dangerous.

State wildlife officials sent out a news release during the week, and Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted about the subject Friday.

The governor wrote, “It feels like we shouldn’t have to say this, y’all. But please don’t feed the alligators.”

Wildlife biologists say feeding ‘gators makes them view people as an easy food source, increasing the chance that they’ll bite someone.

The statement from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries notes that throwing fish scraps into the water or leaving them on shore is a bad idea for the same reason. It says fish scraps, like other garbage, should go into garbage cans.

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