It’s Alligator Harvest Season In Florida; 79 Local Permits Issued

August 19, 2018

It’s alligator season in Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued more than 7,500 permits, including an additional 1,313 county-wide permits, as a method to help manage the alligator population.

There were 21 permits issued for county-wide harvests in Escambia County and 58 issued in Santa Rosa County.

Alligators are a conservation success story in Florida. They were included on the original federal endangered species list in 1967. Conservation efforts allowed the population to rebound, and they were removed from the list in 1987. Today, the state’s alligator population is estimated at 1.3 million alligators and has been stable for many years.

For over 30 years, the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program has been providing sustainable hunting opportunities throughout the state. The FWC establishes management units with appropriate harvest quotas based on research and proven science to ensure the long-term well-being of the alligator resource.

Recreational alligator hunting is just one part of the FWC’s overall approach to managing the species. The FWC’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) is another. People who believe a specific alligator poses a threat to people, pets or property should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). When someone concerned about an alligator calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, we will dispatch an FWC-contracted nuisance alligator trapper to resolve the situation.

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Comments

One Response to “It’s Alligator Harvest Season In Florida; 79 Local Permits Issued”

  1. Mark on August 19th, 2018 10:08 am

    I sure hope they harvest a lot of them. Alligators have 1 predator: humans. …and they breed large batches: 25-40.





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