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Crocodiles Making a Comeback in South Florida

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Crocodile sightings are becoming more common in south Florida, thanks to conservation efforts. Crocodile sightings are becoming more common in south Florida, thanks to conservation efforts. In the 1970s, their numbers dwindled to around 200, and now experts say that count is likely up to 2000. Now, many of them are roaming north from their protected habitats, including the Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, into their old neighborhoods of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. There have recently been crocodile sightings on golf courses, in the waters off of Miami Beach, and even on the side of an interstate. A representative from the wildlife commission says that's good news. She offered, "...we're happy they're reoccupying their historic range. We don't act unless we receive a complaint." In 2013 there were about 190 calls about crocodiles, primarily in the Keys, but many came from the highly populated south Florida counties as well. Unlike alligators, crocodiles are protected by the Endangered Species Act. That means they must be carefully captured and relocated rather than simply trapped when they show up in unwanted areas. Thankfully, the resurgence in their population hasn't resulted in any known attacks on humans, although there was one unfortunate incident involving a large dog in Key Largo.