Could alligators be coming into Lake Pontchartrain since the spillway opened?

It seems there have been more sightings of gator in and around the lake lately

Jim Hanzo
June 26, 2019 - 8:33 am

Since the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened for a second time this year in early May, there seems to be more alligator sightings.   

A Kenner woman recently found a 6 foot alligator under her car.  One gator was found at a northshore school and a large alligator spotted in Lake Pontchartrain on the south shore where Paris Avenue meets Lakeshore Drive.     

They do live in the spillway, they live in the river, they also live along Lake Pontchartrain, especially in the western part of Lake Pontchartrain where the water is a lot more fresh instead of salty," said Tim Borgardt, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator.   

Borgardt says alligators are all over the Southeastern Louisiana area and adds once they get spilled into Lake Pontchartrain, it's not hard for them to travel.

They can swim for miles in a day," he said.  "Northshore, southshore, and I think the further west you go in the lake the more concentrated alligators will be."     

Borgardt says it's likely that more sightings will happen and people should just be aware.  If you see a gator call the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  And you should never feed an alligator.  They are naturally afraid of us, but feeding them changes all that. 

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