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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – After a massive 660 pound gator was caught in Tibbee Creek Friday night, we wondered whether locals were concerned.

A peaceful Sunday at the Columbus Riverwalk led to some locals enjoying time on the water this Labor Day Weekend. Even with pets and small children, one family seemed unconcerned about the threat of alligators in their neck of the woods.

Alayna Chism, a Columbus resident said, “We’re not really too worried about it. I’d still swim, but I mean, before we get in the water we look around, things like that…make some noise, you know.”

She went on to say that near the Riverwalk she had not seen an alligator in nearly 5 years and that she is much more worried about snakes.

  • Gail Funderburk

    I live right on Tibbee Creek, and from time to time, you see gators swimming by, they really are plentiful down this way; it’s so isolated and there’s so many slews they can hide and live in, undisturbed for the most part. I have a picture that I took of one that’s about a 14 footer. He was sunning on the bank as my husband and I were coming out from the back waters that we were crappie fishing in, I took several pics while he slept . What really amazed me was their speed, he was asleep as I snapped the photos and THEN he was in the water, that fast, snap your finger; also he was not afraid, he surfaced right by the boat, ON MY SIDE, looked right at me as if to say, “you best leave” which we did. Scary, but exciting

  • Shelby Latino

    Thank you so much for your comment! We’d love to see the picture 🙂

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