If you ever run across a mother gator and her young you want to stay some distance away. They are very protective and quick to get extremely irritated with you. This gator family was found on the La Chua trail in Payne's Prairie. I'm always amazed to see young gators there because there are numerous large males inhabiting the same areas. That must mean there is plenty of other food for them so they don't have to risk the consequences of going after the young gators.