This is Florida and it's full of various Wildlife that adds to the beauty and diversity of life in Florida.
At times, we may encounter the various wildlife that shares our community. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE should anyone approach, feed, attempt to capture or otherwise disturb the wildlife in our community. It's not only unsafe - it's ILLEGAL under Florida State Law.
The community was designed to thrive in partnership with the wildlife that originally occupied the property. However, there are animals that grow to a size and temperament that is not consistent with human peaceful co-existence. Alligators, wild hogs, wild cats, coyotes, and large snakes are but a few animals that may pose a danger to humans from time to time.
Some simple precautionary human behavior might be helpful in avoiding confrontation with wildlife. Keeping garage doors completely closed and sealed is important in preventing intrusion of snakes and alligators. There is nothing more distressing than to enter your garage and find an alligator or snake. Sometimes alligators sun themselves on the warm sidewalk. If you are out walking and notice something ahead on the sidewalk that resembles a piece of re-tread tire, you need to be aware of potential danger from an alligator. For humans living in a nature preserve, putting un-contained trash out the night before trash pick-up is an irresponsible act. It attracts and imprints wildlife with an artificial source of food. With the presence of animals such that were mentioned above, allowing your pet to roam free at night or any other time subjects your pet to the reality of the predatory food chain. If you put your cat out and it does not come back in the morning, posting "lost pet" signs is likely an exercise in futility
If you encounter Vicious or Nuisance Animals:
- Call the Division of Fish and Wildlife Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286) and report the dangerous animal. You will be issued a CONTROL NUMBER to document the incident. The CONTROL NUMBER is important - write it down.
- Call the Property Manager at 813-980-1000 and give them the CONTROL NUMBER that you received from Fish and Wildlife. The Property Manager will then call Fish and Wildlife and make a decision regarding disposition of the dangerous animal. FWC WILL NOT remove the nuisance alligators without Authorization from a Richmond Place Board Member or the Property Manager.
If the animal is a domestic or feral animal, such as dog, cat, horse, etc. - it is best to contact your County Animal Control Office or the Humane Society. For more information, call Animal Services at 744-5660. Animal Services is located at 440 Falkenburg Rd.
, Tampa, Florida.