Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle have become Florida's go-to guys when locals find themselves crossing paths with deadly 1,000-pound reptiles in shocking locations - like master bedrooms, swimming pools or outdoor cafes. The goal of "Gator Boys Alligator Rescue" is to capture nuisance gators and move them to safety before trappers, who kill and sell the animals for their skin and meat, get to them.
Paul grew up in rural southeastern New England and spent most of his time outdoors exploring nature. He would routinely go on long bicycle rides in search of unexplored areas and new animals. Paul often took a 30-mile bike ride to a nearby town to visit “Rattlesnake Hill” in search of Timber Rattlesnakes. Both cycling and interacting with animals would remain a large part of Paul’s life. In his early 20s, while earning a degree from the University of Massachusetts, Paul became an elite-level triathlete. After college, he stayed in New England to train during the summer months and spent the rest of the year in the South exploring the outdoors and connecting with animals.Years later, Paul began working with Jimmy Riffle, after their meeting at Native Village, an Everglades alligator zoo on the Seminole Indian Reservation in Hollywood, Florida. Jimmy was an 11-year-old gator wrester at the time! “Jimmy has become like a brother to me,” said Paul. “I’ve watched him become one of the best gator wrestlers in the world. ”Together, Paul and Jimmy operate “GATOR BOYS Alligator Rescue.” Paul has worked with and around animals of all kinds, including alligators, sharks, crocodiles, venomous snakes, bears and big cats, just to name a few.
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