FWC Alligator Management Program

Alligator

Overall Goal of Alligator Management: Manage Florida's alligator population for its long-term well-being and the benefits of users.

 

Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 866-FWC-GATOR


Program News 

New! Apply for a Statewide Alligator Harvest Permit beginning on April 25th.
Alligator Application Worksheet Adobe PDF
Alligator Harvest Units, Map and Projected Quotas Adobe PDF 

New! Seeking Input! As part of the ongoing staff endeavor to review all of the alligator-related Florida Statutes, a package of draft alligator management rules has been developed. Other changes in this package include a stakeholder request to allow the capture and release of alligators during the statewide alligator harvest season and a clarification of the minimum space requirements for alligators on permitted farms.  We value and welcome your thoughts and input on these draft changes, and encourage you to submit any comments you might have by emailing them to Harry.Dutton@MyFWC.com. A summary of the draft changes includes:

(DRAFT) 68A-24.004 Fur and Hide Dealers: Operations, Reporting Requirements- The proposed rule would incorporate provisions of s. 379.364, F.S., regarding the reporting, record keeping and shipping requirements of alligator hides and skins of fur-bearing animals.
(DRAFT) 68A-25.002 General Provisions for Taking, Possession and Sale of Reptiles- The proposed rule would incorporate a provision of s. 379.3751, F.S., regarding the number of participants engaged in the taking of alligators and eggs from the wild and would clarify the prohibition of crocodilian products manufactured in the form of a crocodilian less than three feet in length.
(DRAFT) 68A-25.003 Taking and Disposal of Nuisance Alligators Statewide- The proposed rule would incorporate provisions of s. 379.3752, F.S., committing to expenditures on alligator marketing and education activities for alligators taken under this rule and would remove the reference to trapper license requirements.
(DRAFT) 68A-25.004 Regulations Governing the Operation of Alligator Farms- The proposed rule would clarify the minimum space requirements for alligators on permitted alligator farms.
(DRAFT) 68A-25.031 Regulations Governing Alligator Egg and Hatchling Collections on Lands Not Included in Alligator Management Programs- The proposed rule would incorporate provisions of s. 379.3751, F.S., committing to expenditures on alligator marketing and education activities for alligator eggs taken under this rule.
(DRAFT) 68A-25.032 Regulations Governing the Establishment of Alligator Management Programs- The proposed rule would incorporate provisions of s. 379.3752, F.S., committing to expenditures on alligator marketing and education activities for alligators taken under this rule.
(DRAFT) 68A-25.042 Regulations Governing Statewide Alligator Trapping, Permitting, Taking and Sale- The proposed rule would amend the rule title to replace the word “trapping” with “hunting;” change references to the primary license types issued in support of this rule from “alligator trapping license” to “alligator hunting license” and “alligator trapping agent license” to “alligator hunting assistant license;” provide for same license exemptions consistent with other recreational hunting activities; and provide for capture and release of alligators taken under this rule when captured using a hand held snare or snatch hook.

The FWC is looking for Crocodile Response Agents (CRA) in the upper Florida Keys. Applicants must live in the area from and including Long Key to Key Largo. CRAs assist FWC’s Crocodile Response Coordinator with issues involving American crocodiles. The position is a part-time, non-benefited, hourly (OPS) position.  Hours will vary with season and calls. CRAs must furnish their own vehicles and equipment. They are involved in site visits, carcass recoveries, and capture and translocations of American crocodiles. Preference will be given to individuals with experience capturing and handling crocodilians, place of residence in relation to work area, availability to respond to calls, and experience in customer service.  Interested applicants should email SNAP@MyFWC.com with questions and to request an application. Include “Crocodile Response Agent” in the subject line of the e-mail. Visit this link to learn more about American crocodiles.

Updated! Online Alligator Harvest Report Form for Statewide Alligator Harvest Program participants. Under FWC rules, participants were required to submit harvest reports or return unused CITES tags to the FWC no later than November 15, 2013. You must know your FWC Customer ID number to access your records. This ID number is printed on the upper left side of your Alligator Trapping License. If you complete the online form, then you do not have to mail in a hard copy form. If you have unused tags, they must be returned to the address below. Thank you for participating in the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program.

Alligator Management Program
620 S. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399

 

 



FWC Facts:
Alligators wallow out deep holes in wetlands, creating important habitat for other animals.

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