Now that the fire no longer burns in Gulf State Park near Gulf Shores, one of the stories that emerges from the week is that of "saving mama gator and her babies". During the wildfire a family of alligators took cover in a mud hole while the area around them burned to ash. When Conservation Officer, Roger Reetz, took his first walk around the grounds after the fire was extinguished, he didn't see signs of life until he spotted a mud hole almost dried up. Inside the mud hole was a mother alligator and at least nine babies.
The Orange Beach Fire Department came to the alligator family's rescue and filled the mud hole with water to aid their survival. The Fire Department is filling the mud hole until the rains come and the family can get back to their natural living conditions. A series of photographs was taken and shared on Facebook by John Mullen.
The fire was started by an ember, and this serves as an unfortunate reminder of how important it is for all park visitors to be vigilant and cautious regarding campfires and grilling. Luckily this fire did not pose a threat to homes or property, and no one was injured. But, it will take time for the ecosystem to return to normal, especially the 50-year-old Spanish Live Oak trees.
The fire departments of both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are now looking back and studying what worked well in their containment of the fire. They are looking ahead to planning public education topics regarding the interface of urban settings bordering large natural settings such as Gulf State Park. I commend our local fire departments for their hard work in containing and stopping the fire.
This beautiful park and all the wildlife we enjoy so close to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is one of the reasons we chose to live here. I thank our local fire departments for "watering down mama gator" and protecting this great park for us.
The beauty of the area and the attention to caring for the natural beauty ensures that real estate here is a wise investment. I have many real estate options now for you to consider. Give me a call today. Lance Steffek: 251-981-2225.
Photo courtesy of Facebook - John Mullen