The footage was first captured by cameras set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation as part of a ‘Sharing the Landscape’ campaign, which hopes to promote how humans and animals can coexist.
‘There’s expansive areas of wild habitat surrounding these residential communities,’ Meredith Budd, of the Florida Wildlife Federation, told Good Morning America.
The Florida Wildlife Commission said from 1948 to 2019, 413 unprovoked bite incidents have occurred in Florida. Pictured: Gunner licking Richard Wilbanks during an interview with Good Morning America.
The footage of Richard Wilbanks and Gunner (right and left) was captured by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation as part of a ‘Sharing the Landscape’ campaign
‘It’s really critical that people who live at the interface of residential community and wildland take those extra precautions.’
Florida officials have reiterated that residents living near water should be careful.
‘We encourage everyone to take precautionary measures, particularly those who live or recreate near the water. Dogs and cats are similar in size to the natural prey of alligators,’ the Florida Wildlife Commission told WINK News.
Officials added that the despite the 1.25 million alligators across Florida, unprovoked bites are fairly rare and the chance of getting serious injuries are small as well.
‘Over the last 10 years, Florida has averaged 7 unprovoked bites per year that are serious enough to require professional medical treatment,’ the agency wrote.
‘The frequency of these serious bites is variable but there has not been a significant trend in the past 10 years. The likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only one in 3.1 million.
‘From 1948 to 2019, 413 unprovoked bite incidents have occurred in Florida. Twenty-five of these bites resulted in human fatalities.’