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Florida’s annual statewide alligator hunting season is officially underway.
Between Aug. 15 and Nov. 1, applicants who are awarded a Statewide Alligator Hunt permit, can hunt some of the 1.3 million alligators living in the state.
According to The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, more than ten thousand applicants applied for the six-week season. The FWC oversees the program and said it’s one of the most popular limited entry hunts.
Each alligator hunting permit allows people to harvest two alligators, on public and private lands, as well as waters. The permits cost $272 for residents, and $1,022 for nonresidents, and covers the hunting of alligators that measures at least 18 inches long, from tip-of-snout to tip-of-tail.
Alligators were once listed as an endangered species by Florida in 1967 before being added to the federal list when the Endangered Species Act was signed into law in 1973.
The FWC instituted the statewide hunt after the gator population rebounded in 1988.