We used to canoe run stream fed rivers in Florida, that connected one Pothole Spring to the next and the next. The water was gin clear, and down there towards the bottom, there often would be what looked like a small alligator. They seemed to know about guns, and so they stayed as far away as possible. But one time we forced a trip to happen in a drought, and the creek runs were partially draggings, and the pots were somewhat depleted as to water. And then you realized, that "small" alligator was not small in any way. Just cautious, and previously further away than you thought. I think in recent decades. Suburban Housewives have begun accidentally feeding their toy poodles and cats, to alligators, and of course discharge of guns could get your a Ticket or worse, and the successive generations of gators are getting more and more fearless. And so I would not employ my life experience from 15 years and more in the past, to know how an alligator might behave today. Things like this, can change. We used to encounter lots of alligators but they knew to get clear of us. I can't promise anything, about now.