Alligator detained for breaking and entering
An 11-foot alligator smashed a low kitchen window in a Clearwater, Florida, woman’s home in the wee hours of the morning on May 31. The woman called 911 and told dispatchers the gator was in her house and she was staying put in her bedroom. A few minutes prior to her emergency call, a newspaper carrier had spotted the wayward gator on the street and also called 911. The gator reportedly resisted being arrested by an alligator trapper but was ultimately captured. The male gator is now being housed in a private location to rest and recover from some cuts from broken glass. Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission receives about 15,000 calls a year about nuisance alligators, and if the gator is more than 4 feet long or presents a threat to people, pets or property, the FWC dispatches a trapper. Last year, more than 8,000 nuisance gators were trapped, according to the FWC website.
Annual state park passes available
The State Parks and Trails Passport grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. The pass arrives in a self-contained packet with a detachable hang-tag and is valid for one year from the month of purchase. The cost is $75 for Marylanders and $100 for out-of-state visitors and can be used at any of the 75 state parks with day-use entry for up to 10 people in a vehicle. Maryland’s parks include more than 900 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. To order a pass, visit www.shopdnr.com. They can also be purchased as a gift.
Register for BOW family workshop at Gambrill
Learn about the basics of fishing, camp skills and outdoor cooking at the Beyond BOW family workshop 8:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. June 29 at Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick. The family event is for ages 7 and older, with a maximum of five people per family participating. The cost is $55 per family and is limited to 10 families. Registration deadline is June 14. For more information, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov or call Letha Grimes at 301-791-4736, ext. 103.
Spring turkey harvest results
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says that hunters reported harvesting 4,002 wild turkeys during the regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons. It was the second-highest on record. The highest harvest number was in Garrett County, with 429 turkeys, followed by Washington County with 414, Charles County with 348, Frederick County with 304 and Allegany County with 278.
— Susan Guynn