Ocmulgee National Monument posts alligator warning signs throughout park

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Ocmulgee National Monument has new alligator warning signs throughout the park.

If you’re a frequent visitor of the park, you may have already noticed the new additions.

“We put them up last week,” said Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim David.

There are four alligator warning signs toward the back of the park around a small pond.

“We’ve had gators here for several years, but after the incident in Orlando, we thought maybe since we do have visitation here from all over the country and all over the world, there might be people who may not realize that gators are this far north in Georgia,” explained David.

A two year old boy was killed during an alligator attack at a Disney resort last month.

The father told officers he was attacked by a second alligator while trying to save his son.

The resort has since put up alligator warning signs.

The family was visiting Orlando from Nebraska.

“Even though our trail does not really go right next to the water and nobody really wades or swims in that pond, we thought it might not hurt to at least make people aware that they might see a gator in that area,” said David.

David said there’s at least one gator in the pond.

Visitors and staff have taken photos of the gator.

“Initially there was a small one, but now the one in there is a pretty good size. About five plus feet,” recalled David.

The signs are at the trail access points around the pond where the gator has been seen.

“Nobody has been bothered by it. There has not been a single incident. We’re just trying to raise public awareness to avoid any possible incidents,” said David.

David explained the gator is typically seen in that pond because that’s the only standing water in the park.

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