Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and specifically DDT metabolites have been implicated in the alligators' reproductive failure. Lake Kissimmee had the second-highest population of overall gators in 2015 with 1,935 counted, but only 170 were bull gators, according to WKMG. >> Rhino iguana found outside Florida Walmart Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and DDT metabolites have been implicated in the alligators' reproductive failure. MT. Two years later in June 2018, an alligator killed 47-year-old Plantation resident Shizuka Matsuki while she walked her dogs in … Advertisement "Swim at your own risk," he wrote. Alligator surveys by FWC in 1995-1999 indicated that Lake Griffin supports an alligator population comparable to Lake Apopka in density (76.1 3" and smaller alligators/shoreline mile and 50.2 4" and larger alligators/shoreline mile). The vast majority of alligators one may come across down here are less than 6 feet in length, but gators in the 8 ft. to 10 ft. class are not uncommon. Population 1. It has been postulated that pesticides used in the area accumulate in alligator eggs thereby causing a reduced birth rate. The alligator population at Lake Apopka in central Florida declined dramatically between 1980 and 1987. 81051'W), Lake Apopka (Lake and Orange counties--28o37'N, 81037'W), and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge (Volusia County-29°06'N, 81025'W). There's an awesome pathway that skirts Lake Monroe and puts the water right at your feet. Before instituting the program to collect eggs to supply the alligator farming industry, the State of Florida asked a group of researchers to determine how many alligators could be taken from the wild without harming the population. A great place to go to spot some alligators is the Monroe Harbour Marina. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s Lake Apopka was considered a prime place for alligators. During the last five years, the alligator population has diminished significantly in Lake Apopka. Lake Apopka and Orange Lake during the onset of winter. The alligator population at Lake Apopka in central Florida declined dramatically between 1980 and 1987. Paul Hueber posted a video to Facebook showing dozens of alligators swimming on the surface of Lake Apopka about 6:45 a.m. July 9. Combine an increasing alligator population with an increasing human population, and it’s easy to see that alligator-to-human encounters will continue to increase. It's the eighth largest lake in Orlando, right behind Lake Jessup, and also has a dense alligator population. Seven miles slightly north of Lake Jessup, is Lake Monroe. Around 50 alligators were relaxing in a pond, separated from the lake by the Lake Apopka Trail Loop. DORA (FOX 13) - Wildlife lovers know the area around Lake Apopka is prime for bird, otter and even bobcat-watching. 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