Crocodile population increasing in Florida, moving closer to cities

Florida crocodile (Photo: Captain Kimo)

In the 1970s, the population of American crocodiles in the deep Everglades numbered about 150, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. Now, scientists say, their numbers have increased to 1500.

While crocodiles still are vastly outnumbered by alligators, their increasing  population has meant run-ins with humans have become more frequent. And their  protected status presents challenges in dealing with them.

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