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Alabama Announces First Regulated Alligator Season
June 12, 2006
SPANISH FORT, Ala. - Governor Bob Riley announced Alabama’s first-ever regulated alligator hunting season, which will take place August 18-24, 2006, in portions of Baldwin and Mobile counties, at a press conference today in Spanish Fort at 2:30 p.m.
“The Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (ADCNR) took action nearly 70 years ago that saved alligators from possible extinction and led to its full recovery,” said Riley. “Today, alligators are so numerous in certain areas that it is necessary to control their populations through a regulated alligator hunting season.”
The story of the American alligator is one of both drastic decline and complete recovery, it is a story of
In the early 20th century, the American alligator was threatened to become extinct due in large part to unregulated alligator harvesting throughout the South. In 1938, it is believed that
According to ADCNR Commissioner Barnett Lawley, news of
Fifty hunters will be randomly chosen by computer for an Alligator Possession Tag. Applications will be accepted online from June 15 at until August 7 at The cost is $6 to apply and individuals may register only once.
Permits are non-transferable. All successful applicants must complete the Alligator Training Course provided by Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division staff. The course will be held twice on August 18 in the Mobile area. Drawn applicants will be eligible for an Alligator Possession Tag upon completion of the course.
Each person receiving an Alligator Possession Tag will be allowed to harvest one alligator six feet in length or longer. Hunting hours will be from until each day. All
The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is the largest reptile in