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Discussion: Alligator scavenger hunt (rogaining)

in: Orienteering; General

Jun 12, 2019 6:08 PM # 
In light of all the recent sightings/findings of alligators in the city of Pittsburgh (Note1, Note2, Note3, Note4, Note5), Pennsylvania, we are now happy to announce a rogaining event to find 'em all...

Recommended equipment: boots certified to be resistant to alligator bite.
Scoring: very large punch card, with each box to be bitten by alligator, and to leave distinct bite mark

Jun 12, 2019 9:26 PM # 
I honestly cannot tell if this is a real event or not...
Jun 13, 2019 1:01 AM # 
The insurance paperwork would be outrageous!
Jun 13, 2019 1:02 AM # 
I only attend rogaines that involve groundhogs, raccoons or pythons.
Oct 20, 2020 1:23 PM # 
Oct 20, 2020 8:04 PM # 
The 2008 (or 2009, I forget which) held by NTOA at Clements Scout Ranch potentially included gators. The course setter (me) just didn't mention it because it was winter and they hibernate (sort of), when they are spotted they are small, orienteering doesn't involve swimming in the ponds, and folks from farther north would just freak out. HTFU as they say way way way down south.

I'm sure there is potential for the little buggers on other southern US maps. I think we have only 1 actual sighting in 13 years of using the map.
Oct 20, 2020 10:27 PM # 
"Don't worry, all the alligators are brumating and besides, they don't really like eating yankees—too chewy."
Oct 20, 2020 10:47 PM # 
There is hardly an event that Suncoast Orienteering (Florida) puts on that doesn't have at least one alligator located somewhere in the mapped area, a mixture of venomous and non-venomous snakes too. Also you may know that there are bobcats in some of our areas.
However all these creatures are primarily self-protective. They will first want to get out of the orienteers' way if they can. And as was just pointed out the alligators do not eat during the cooler weather of winter. They can't digest food when it is cold and if it goes septic in their digestive system that's it for them.
Oct 20, 2020 11:41 PM # 
Any at DeSoto?
Oct 21, 2020 1:50 AM # 
People are always talking about the dangerous animals in Australia and then I read this thread.
Oct 21, 2020 2:07 AM # 
Alligators are not as dangerous as crocodiles.
Oct 21, 2020 2:45 AM # 
That last alligator fatality shows just how seriously the US is treating lockdown breaches.
Oct 21, 2020 8:21 AM # 
Any at De Soto?
Not as far as I know. De Soto (in Pinellas County FL) is a key/ island surrounded by salt water. Alligators do not like salt water or cannot exist in salt water. I'm not sure which but in either case they are not found at Ft de Soto Park.
This from a Google Search: "While alligators can tolerate salt water for a few hours or even days, they are primarily freshwater animals, living in swampy areas, rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds."

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