Why gators love (and hate) canals

The same canals that whisk water out of the gator’s swamp home,

Also serve as the creature’s “life support” during dry springs.

Tourists love seeing gators,
Sadly too often it’s in canals.
As seen at HP Williams Wayside

Thus raising the question:

Are canals good or bad?

Answer: Filling in and plugging canals helps keep water where it belongs, in the swamp, thus ensuring that gators can not just survive, but thrive, across the entire landscape (not just near roads) and in the process, wallowing out deep water refugia where fish abound and birds can roost.

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