FLOWOOD, Miss. — Flood waters are not just effecting where people live, but where wildlife lives too. This Sunday, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) had to haul off a 9 foot alligator near Jackson Prep off Lakeland Drive (US 25).
After initial flooding began last week, Steve Adcock with MDWFP urged Mississippians to be weary of animals that may be displaced. “Leave them alone. They are already stressed out, as soon as the water goes down they will return. This does include reptiles. The best thing you can do is just keep your distance,” said Adcock.
If you encounter and unwanted reptile the best thing you can do is report it by calling 1-800-BE SMART. MDWFP has the line monitored 24/7.