Alligators were spotted at Lake Worth according to a May 30th article from Fox 4. The article states,
“A few gators, including one that looked to be about 10-feet long, were spotted at Lake Worth in Fort Worth this weekend.
Jimmy Martin Jr. happened upon the gators while out for a hike.”
This isn’t the only cause for a swimming ban. There are rules in place that prevent swimming in certain lakes according to a Dallas Morning News article from May 28th which reports,
“Section 31-1 of the Dallas city code says it’s unlawful to swim in any pond or lake in Dallas unless signage specifically designates an area for swimming. Section 32-39 takes things even further with Bachman and White Rock Lakes, prohibiting swimming altogether.
According to Dallas Park and Recreation, that’s for safety reasons. Bachman and White Rock have low watersheds, meaning that rivers and lakes at higher elevations drain into them. Both tend to collect a lot of debris after heavy storms.”
Now, alligators alone might be enough to dissuade most from swiming, but the threat of getting injured by loose debris you can’t see in dark murky waters might really seal the deal for most.