An afternoon snack

Everywhere you look in Jacksonville you see Canada geese. They saunter leisurely across the street right in front of your car. Honk at them and they pay no attention.

There are also alligators in Jacksonville but we don’t see nearly as many of them as Canada geese. When a gator does wander into an urban area it’s rare enough to make the evening news.

My friend John took this photo as he was leaving Victory Lutheran Church. Geese were feeding on the grass nearby and one got a little too close to the water. John heard a splash and saw this huge gator lunge up and grab the goose. Look closely and you can see goose parts dangling from the gator’s jaws.

John called whoever you’re supposed to call when you see a gator in an urban area and they came and trapped it. They told him it was eleven feet long.

John said later he found two goose wings floating on the water.










Published by BruceCochran

Bruce Cochran graduated from Oklahoma University in 1960 with a B.A. in design. He worked as a humor writer/illustrator for Hallmark Cards from 1960 – 1962 and has freelanced as a writer, cartoonist and illustrator since then. Cochran drew daily sports cartoon for USA Today from 1983 – 1991. He has 10 humor/cartoon books published by Willow Creek Press and his work appears regularly in Wyoming Wildlife, Outdoor News, On Wisconsin Outdoors, Pheasants Forever Journal, Wildfowl, Gundog, Ducks Unlimited magazine, Delta Waterfowl and other publications. He also writes and illustrates a regular humor column for Wyoming Wildlife News. Bruce won first place in the magazine humor category of OWAA’s EIC contest in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Life Sponsor: Ducks Unlimited. Life member: NRA. Member: Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, OWAA and Outdoor Writers of Kansas.