March 5, 2016
Hi my name is Joe Mug and I'm a large male alligator belong to the gator family I prefer to live alone and I'm very defensive over my territory at George Bush Park. I have a long snout with upward facing nostrils at the end so I got the nickmame Joe Mug. I'm so loved that it has spawned all sorts of endearing nicknames, Big Boy, Snappy, Scales, Jaws, Shady, Izzard, Big Head, etc. by cyclists and passer byers, I would prefer to be called american alligator and avoid interactions with people altogether, so when they startled me while sunning myself, I instinctively head for the water. My gators friends and I are capable of killing humans, but are generally wary enough not to see them as a source of potential prey. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, right? Mistaken identity leading to an attack is always possible, especially in or near cloudy waters. None of my alligator friends can be trusted so don't get careless or act stupid. To avoid the absolute worst of alligator attacks...keep away from the edge of lakes and bayous at George Bush Park.
Joe Mug the Big Boy alligator at George Bush Park
Photo Credit Billy Bert
Picture Taken at George Bush Park Houston Texas
August 1, 2016
Harris County Flood Control Channel T-103 (Barker Reservoir) which feeds into Buffalo Bayou downstream. There are spotted gar everywhere, alligators gar, carp, catfish and turtles to watch and you might even see an alligator. This drainage ditch runs alongside of an hike and bike trail in George Bush Park and makes this part of Harris County Texas park very accessible to walkers,anglers and cyclists alike .
August 1, 2016,
Picture 2 Taken by Dan and Vivid, Saturday March 25, 2016 1:12PM
Pictures were taken at George Bush Park Houston TX. Because alligators are regularly observed lazily basking along George Bush Park, Houston TX., many people mistakenly assume that they are docile and harmless, alligators should never be approached and people should avoid becoming complacent along the shoreline of waters that may contain alligators. According to some cyclists at George Bush Park the gator in the first photo was larger than 14 foot and the bicycle riders seeming a bit more uncomfortable with snakes in the park... gators don't bother cyclists too much in George Bush Park. Snakes are the only thing that scare most bicycle rides in the park. Cyclists have no problem with gators in George Bush Park.
Where: GEORGE BUSH PARK Houston TX. When: March 2016 Photos submitted by: Cyclists at George Bush Park
October 14, 2016
The alligator will not be charged with hunting deer out of season. T103 drainage canal at George Bush Park, Houston Texas
Where: GEORGE BUSH PARK Houston TX. When: October 14, 2016 Photos submitted by: Billy Bert at George Bush Park
8 point buck, not sure what killed him but alligators will prey on deer.
Found this one Oct. 14, 2016, T103 drainage canal at George Bush Park, Texas
TIME OF DEATH:
Estimation of time of death is always a challenge for anyone, there was no odor, rigor mortis had done set in and without presence of maggots as I see it was a recent death.
Fact: If given the opportunity, Alligators will attack large animal that comes to the water or the water's edge and alligators actually have very good eyesight, which is an important adaptation for hunting. They are especially adapted to see and sense movement of potential prey animals. The position of their eyes on their head gives them a wide sight range. The only place they cannot see is right behind them.