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! Page 12A The Woodville Republican, Thursdayl December 17, 2015 State's Alligator Numbers Allowed Hunting For 10th Year BBB Warning: Watch Out nt Extension Professor Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Mississippi State University " To keep the population of the official state reptile in check, the Mississippi De- partment of Wildlife, Fisher- ies and Parks again allowed alligator hunting for the 10th year. Protection and recovery efforts through effective man- agement and education have this trend will continue for allowed alligator populations the future. to rebound, which prompted The Department of Wild- the Commission on Wildlife, life, Fisheries and Parks has Fisheries and Parks to ap- surveyed alligator popula- prove the first alligator hunt- tions across Mississippi for ing season in 2005. more than 40 years. Wild- For 2015, permits for pub- life biologists use night-light lic water hunting were sold surveys to count alligator on a first-come, first-served eyeballs, which shine bright basis to 920 Mississippians. orange in the light. Based on The public water season was these studies, they are able held from noon on Aug. 28 to estimate how many and and extended through noon where alligators live in Mis- indicate the Pearl River area around Rankin and Madison counties has the highest den- sity of alligators in the state. Most of these alligators are concentrated around the Ross Barnett Reservoir and in the Pearl River from Highway 43 to Lowhead Dam. Though a population of in private swimming pooh, yards or driveways to be nui- sance alligators and subject to removal. Any alligator that attacks or attempts to prey upon humans, livestock or pets will be removed by the MDWFP and will not be re- located. Since Mississippi is home to some of the largest alli- gators in the country, many residents fear their large size means added danger. How- ever, this is simply not true. Alligators exhibit a natural avoidance of humans and hu- man activity. There has never been a documented alligator attack in Mississippi. Following a few simple rulesto remain "gator safe" can ensure that alligators of For Housing Rental Seams It's winter, so you list yorLr house for sale, then you get a call from some- on~ who wants to rent your hoxne. You inform the caller that the home is for sale and not; for rent, honest mistake. ThCt is what a Starkville resident thought when they received the first call ask- ing~ about the home he had list~ for sale, but the calls keDt coming from people w~nting to rent his home. In all actuality, a scammer ha~l listed the Starkville ho~e for rent on the website Trldia including the photos and information from the "for sale" listing but with dif- on Sept. 7. sissippi. A private land alligator An alligator population hunting season was available census conducted in 2000 in perspective, a source of food, which can catise with summer coming to eligible landowners in 28 estimated around 40,000Residents should be aware result in the potential for seri- people are looking for va- open counties. •Private land adult alligators living among of alligators, especially in at- ous danger, cation rentals, housing for More often than not, an al- college, and the school year alligator hunting permit ap- 408,000 acres of suitable eas where human develop- ligator that has lost its natu- coming to a close," said John plications has to be submit- habitat throughout the state, ment and recreation have ted before July 1 each year, Jackson County, the most encroached on alligator habi- ral wariness for humans will O~ara, CEO BBB serving and properties must contain southeastern county in the tats. An alligator basking in need to be captured and dis- Mississippi. "All of these fac- posed of. Never approach or tors add to the increased ac- at least 20 acres of privately state, has the most alligator the sun, crossing the road for harass an alligator, especially tivity of individuals looking owned permanent surface habitat and, not surprisingly, refuge or swimming in pub- a female defending its nest. for rental properties during water to be eligible, the most alligators -- almost lic waters is not a nuisance Also, keep an eye on pets, this time of year." Ricky Flynt, Alligator 25 percent of the popula- animal. tion. Together, Hancock and However, biologists do especially in areas around Online classified ads DepartmentPr°gram CoordinatOrofWildlffe,fOrFish_the Rankin counties host an ad~- consider alligators that ex- marshes, swamps and lakes, have made finding rental eries and Parks, said that the tiona120 percent of the state s hibit aggressive behavior, loi- According to the Department properties much more con- 2015 was another success and alligator population. Surveys ter for handouts or are found of Wildlife, Fisheries and veaient. Unfortunately Parks, alligators see dogs as though, what is convenient a source of prey, so keep Fido for renters is often just as away from known alligator corwenient for scammers, habitats, who have found a way to Mississippi residents and take advantage of an unsus- visitors are responsible for ob- petting victim. serving alligators from a safe Renters typically fall distance to avoid any type of victim to rental seams af- conflict, ter responding to an online Gators are a natural and classified ad for a rental important part of the aquatic property. Scammers know ecosystems across the state, that finding great rentals They control populations carl be difficult, especially of prey species, create peat when there's a time crunch. through nesting activities Be wary of any rental prop- and benefit other aquatic spe- erty that offers a great place cies with their burrows, for a cheap price. If the offer For more information on the alligator management program in Mississippi, con- tact Ricky Flynt at nckv mdwfp.state.ms.us. For more information about alligators in general, go to http'J/www. mdwfp.cem/alligator. sotmds too good to be true, it probably is. Compare sinlilar properties in the ar~a to know if a particular offer is legitimate. BBB recommends rent- era check with a licensed Re~altor to see if they know of any rentals opening up in the area first. It's also important for renters to do their research before sign- ing a lease or handing over a deposit. Visit the rental in person and carefully review any paperwork provided. BBB advises renters searching for an apart- ment or rental home to look out for the follow- ing red flags: 1. Deals that sound too good to be true. Scammers will often list a rental for a very low price to lure in victims. Find out how comparable listings are priced, and if the rental comes in suspiciously low, walk away. 2. The landlord is lo- cated elsewhere and pre- fers to communicate via e-mail. Scammers might say they have just been re- located out of the country for a job or missionary work -- don't believe it. 3. Upfront payment. The landlord requires a substantial deposit before handing over the keys or even showing the home. Don't pay any money before inspecting the home, inside and out. 4. Requiring a money transfer. The landlord asks the renter to wire money through wire transfer ser- vices such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Green Dot Money Paks also have be- come increasingly popular with scammers the last few years. Money sent via these services is extremely dif- ficult to retrieve and once the scammers have picked it up, there is little recourse -- if any -- for getting your money back. To learn more about these type of seams or need fiwther information, please visit bbb.or~ BBB helps consumers find and recommend busi- nesses, brands, and chari- ties they can trust. If you have any ques- tions or concerns, please give us a call at (601) 398- 1700 or visit bbb.org. Silas Simmons, LLP wishes all of their clients and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Balanced advice. Proven results. ILAS ! M M [3 N S LLF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS and ADVISORS Established in 1932. 209 North Commerce Street • Natchez, MS 39120 Phone: 601-442-7411 • Fax: 601-442-8551 www.silassimmons.com Members: American Institute of CPAs, Mississippi Society of CPAs, Louisiana Society of CPAs 0 ..IE 0 R Wishing all of our friends and neighbors a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year. We thank you so much for your business! SEAL TRACTOR HWY. 6 1 • WOODVILLE • 60 1-888-4253 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring.... not even a mouse Celebrating Over 60 Years of Service! J Toll Free 1-888-733-3626 [ www.reddpest.com P Michael Anderson Pi Local Representative I S customers! O_.)o