Wildlife floods Southern University's campus

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Posted: Jun 1, 2011 5:06 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Jun 1, 2011 6:44 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Southern University, alligators, snakes, foxes, raccoons, wildlife, animals

BATON ROUGE - It's not unusual to find a snake or two on Southern University's campus, but since the Mississippi River has risen and filled nearby ravines campus police say the number of snakes has doubled.

They estimate the number of raccoons is up by 20 percent, foxes by 50 percent, and alligators by 90 percent. Granted, that means just two more alligators in the past few weeks, but it's more than officers and students would usually see.

It's one reason part of the bluff is gated and taped off to the public.

Officers said students shouldn't be alarmed at the number of animals, but should walk in well-lit areas only and should not go alone.

Summer classes begin Monday.

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